4 Rockets attending NHL Scouting Combine

Lassi Thomson, Kaedan Korczak, Nolan Foote and Dillon Hamaliuk are among 104 draft-eligible players from North America and Europe who will be attending NHL Scouting Combine this week in Buffalo, N.Y.

Four Kelowna Rockets are attending the NHL Scouting Combine this week at KeyBank Center and HarborCenter in Buffalo.

Lassi Thomson, Kaedan Korczak, Nolan Foote and Dillon Hamaliuk are among 104 draft-eligible players from North America and Europe who will be attending the event.

Because of an injury, Hamaliuk will only be participating in the interview portion.

The week-long combine allows all 31 NHL teams to evaluate the top prospects ahead of the draft.

"The NHL Combine is the final showcase event before the NHL Draft, and it's a week full of interviews, medicals and fitness testing where the players get to interact with NHL personnel, and the NHL clubs get to learn as much as possible about the future stars of our game," NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr said.

"It's a full schedule that is structured to assist the NHL clubs in their draft preparations, and NHL Central Scouting always looks forward to hosting the prospects and making the Combine event a positive experience for everyone."

Teams can host one-on-one interviews with the prospects at KeyBank Center until Friday. The medical examinations will take place Wednesday, and seven of the 11 fitness tests will take place at HarborCenter on Saturday (standing height, wingspan, standing long jump, bench press, pro agility test, pull-ups, Wingate Cycle Ergometer test).

The draft takes place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 21-22.

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