The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that 22 WHL players have been invited to attend the 2012 NHL Scouting Combine.
The top 105 draft-eligible players from North America and Europe will attend the Scouting Combine from May 28 to June 2 in Toronto, going through a vigorous round of physical, medical and psychological tests that could determine where they are chosen.
The combine is also an opportunity for teams to meet and interview prospects. Testing will be conducted June 1-2 at the Toronto International Centre.
10 forwards, 10 defensemen and two goalies from the Western Hockey League will attend the 2012 NHL Scouting Combine.
Among those defensemen is Moose Jaw Warrior’s own Morgan Rielly. The Vancouver native is ranked 5th among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s Rankings coming into June’s Draft.
“I’m pretty excited about it being my last chance to talk with the scout’s and show them what I can do,” said Rielly in a telephone conversation Tuesday morning.
Rielly said, he has been preparing for the combine at his gym ‘Twist’ in Vancouver trying to prepare as best he can.
Like a lot of things in life experience is the best teacher and the Warriors defenseman has leaned on a few of his teammates for advice about their experiences’ at the event.
“I’ve talked with ‘Truck’ (Dylan McIlrath), Kendall (McFaull), Joel (Edmundson) and they told me to just enjoy my time in Toronto and take in the experience,” said Rielly.
Also attending the combine are defensemen Ryan Murray, Griffin Reinhart of the Edmonton Oil Kings, Mathew Dumba of the Red Deer Rebels and Derrick Pouliot of the Portland Winterhawks.
Murray, the No. 3-ranked skater on the list, just completed his fourth season in the WHL with the Silvertips, posting nine goals and 31 points in 43 games and adding another three goals and five points in four post-season outings. The White City, SK, product and WHL Western Conference Second Team All-Star also suited up for Canada’s national junior team in December and January.
A strong, intelligent, smooth-skating two-way defenseman, Murray is currently playing for Team Canada at the IIHF World Championships. He is the youngest player on the squad, and the team’s only undrafted player.
Reinhart is the 10th-ranked North American skater by NHL CSS. A big, strong rearguard with good mobility, Reinhart is currently playing in the WHL Championship series with Edmonton, where he is battling head-to-head with the 12th-ranked Derrick Pouliot.
Dumba, a product of Calgary, AB, comes in at No. 11 on Central Scouting’s final list. The speedy rearguard, who scored 20 goals this season for Red Deer this season, brings an offensive spark, a big shot from the blue line, and has the ability to lay thunderous hits. Dumba captained Canada’s Under-18 entries at the 2011 Memorial for Ivan Hlinka tournament and 2012 Under-18 World Championship.
Pouliot, a product of Weyburn, SK, posted an impressive 59 points for the Winterhawks during the regular season, and has been the top-scoring defenseman during the playoffs. A strong offensive presence, Pouliot boasts good speed and mobility, excellent vision, and top-notch passing and playmaking skills.
Colton Sissons of the Kelowna Rockets, the highest-ranked forward from the WHL, will attend the NHL Scouting Combine. The North Vancouver, B.C., product plays a strong, responsible two-way game, and can make an impact at both ends of the rink.
Here’s a list of the WHL players invited to the 2012 NHL Scouting Combine:
Name, Position, Team
Patrick Bartosak, G, Red Deer Rebels
Tim Bozon, LW, Kamloops Blazers
Mathew Dumba, D, Red Deer Rebels
Coda Gordon, LW, Swift Current Broncos
Kenton Helgesen, D, Calgary Hitmen
Brett Kulak, D, Vancouver Giants
Andrey Makarov, G, Saskatoon Blades
Mitchell Moroz, LW, Edmonton Oil Kings
Ryan Murray, D, Everett Silvertips
Logan Nelson, C, Victoria Royals
Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland Winterhawks
Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton Oil Kings
Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw Warriors
Henrik Samuelsson, C/RW, Edmonton Oil Kings
Damon Severson, D, Kelowna Rockets
Colton Sissons, C, Kelowna Rockets
Chandler Stephenson, C/LW, Regina Pats
Lukas Sutter, C, Saskatoon Blades
Dalton Thrower, D, Saskatoon Blades
Branden Troock, RW, Seattle Thunderbirds
Nicholas Walters, D, Everett Silvertips
Mike Winther, C, Prince Albert Raiders