Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; A general view of a sand sculpture with the 2013 NHL Draft logo before the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Combine prospects Samuel Bennet, Kasperi Kapanen survive

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The 2014 NHL Combine held the fitness stage of the scouting event Saturday morning. Two top prospects, Samuel Bennet of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs and Kasperi Kapanen KalPa in Finland’s SM-liiga, managed to complete all required tests.

Unfortunately, the two agreed that the VO2 Max bike test sent them over the edge. The test measure’s the endurance capability of a player’s heart, lungs and muscles.

Bennet is No. 1 on the NHL Central Scouting’s final list of North American skaters eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft. He was ninth in the Ontario Hockey League with 91 points in 57 games. What did Bennet think of the bike test? 

“The bikes were interesting,” Bennett said. “I didn’t really hear the people shouting at me too much. I was more focused on my burning legs. I guess they were there to motivate and it helped a little. I didn’t hold down my breakfast too well.”

Kapanen is No. 1 on the NHL Central Scouting’s final list of international skaters eligible for the 2014 Draft. Kapanen had seven goals and 14 points throughout 47 games this season with KalPa.

“The [VO2 bike] test is hard because you just kind of get exhausted,” Kapanen said. “It’s not that bad at first but then you get a little light-headed and I think I puked a little after that. It wasn’t that fun.”

Apparently both had the same reaction to the bike test, not stomaching the event very well. But thankfully the fitness portion is over and the two top prospects can look forward to the draft in Philadelphia on June 27-28.



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