2018 NHL Draft Combine: Dynamic Power Leaderboard

Slowly disappearing are the days of ‘meathead’ tests devaluing the NHL Draft Combine. Whether by design or not, seemingly every year the brass is designing new ways of sharpening the testing methods. Maybe they have been working off of a clever long term plan to phase in and out tests in order to keep the ‘older guard’ comfortable in the evolving fitness landscape.

This year, they expanded the lower body dynamic power testing bracket. In addition to the Vertical Jump and Standing Long Jump, the category now also includes two other cuts of jumping: one with a squat and no arm swing pre-ceding the jump and another with hands on hips and lack of arm swing. Furthermore, they also moved the resistance style bench press to become more dynamic by measuring the velocity of the bar from chest pause to full arm extension. Because of this change, I will now include chest press in the dynamic power breakdown and give readers an idea of players with systemic explosiveness.

The Dynamic Power Leaderboard, or obviously their version of it, may well be the ‘river card’ that teams wait to see before going all in on a given prospect (anaerobic power testing can also be combined as they usually go hand in hand). It has been a fantastic pre-draft indicator to tipping off who may crack the first round (sometimes surprisingly). Look at last year alone for those who registered top ten placements in both jumps: #1 Josh Norris, #3 Morgan Frost, #6 Henri Jokiharju, and #7 Cale Makar.

With that in mind, here’s the 2018 Dynamic Power Leaderboard:

Rk Player St Long Jump Vert Jump Sq Jump No Arm Jump Bench Press COUNT SCORE
1 Liam Foudy 10 10 9 10 7 5 46
2 Martin Fehervary 7 8 10 9 6 5 40
3 Jack Gorniak 5 5 6 6 8 5 30
4 Nils Lundkvist 8 9 4 7 4 28
5 Gabriel Fortier 6 7 8 3 21
6 Jakub Lauko 2 4 5 5 4 16
7 K’Andre Miller 6 7 2 13
8 Eric Florchuk 8 4 2 12
9 Ty Emberson 2 1 9 3 12
10 Jacob Ingham 9 1 2 10
T10 Rasmus Kupari 10 1 10
12 Andrei Svechnikov 1 3 4 3 8
13 Kevin Bahl 5 1 5
T14 Oliver Rodrigue 4 1 4
T14 Oliver Wahlstrom 4 1 4
T16 Carter Robertson 3 1 3
T16 Barrett Hayton 3 1 3
T16 Riley Stotts 3 1 3
T16 Noah Dobson 1 2 2 3
T20 Jay O’Brien 2 1 2
T20 Jordan Harris 2 1 2
T22 Isac Lundestrom 1 1 1
T22 Mitchell Hoelscher 1 1 1

Learnings: 

*Liam Foudy (London, OHL) is about on par with a Josh Norris or Trent Frederic – anything is possible but I am not expecting him to make it out of the first round despite not being a consensus top 31 prospect.

*Nils Lundqvist (Luleå HF) = a faster rising, yet more seasoned Henri Jokiharju.

*After drooling over K’Andre Miller‘s (USA, USHL) pure athletic ability all year on ice, it’s interesting to see him place in only two of the four LB power cats. What I see there is a physical freak who has an insane kinetic chain and can channel his explosiveness throughout his entire body IE with using UB and swinging arms. My prediction: valued more than P-O Joseph was last year meaning probable top 20.

*Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie, OHL) showed up in the bottom portion of 3 of the 5 tests and I love it. Tells me he showed just enough physical prowess to let teams know he’s ready without intimating that he was overpowering OHL’ers en route to having his fantastic season.

*Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) has some hops…even if it was only popping up on radar for one test, it may give some team the cojones to select him high. This might suggest he has some growth potential on a somewhat down skating forecast.

*Lastly, Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst, QMJHL) has no business being on any top ten combine list after playing an 87 game schedule with his last championship winning game happening on May 27th. Well done champ, you’re not getting out of the top ten on June 22nd.

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2018 NHL Draft Ranking – February

  1. Rasmus Dahlin, D, Frölunda HC (SHL)
  2. Filip Zadina, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
  3. Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Barrie (OHL)
  4. Quinton Hughes, D, Michigan (NCAA)
  5. Brady Tkachuk, LW, Boston University (NCAA)
  6. Adam Boqvist, D, Brynäs IF (SUPERELIT)
  7. Oliver Wahlstrom, C, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  8. Rasmus Kupari, C, Oulun Kärpät (LIIGA)
  9. Grigori Denisenko, C, Loko (MHL)
  10. Noah Dobson, D, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
  11. Barrett Hayton, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
  12. Ty Smith, D, Spokane (WHL)
  13. Joel Farabee, LW, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  14. Evan Bouchard, D, London (OHL)
  15. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, Ässät (LIIGA)
  16. Bode Wilde, D, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  17. Isac Lundeström, C, Luleå HF (SHL)
  18. Joe Veleno, C, Drummondville (QMJHL)
  19. Serron Noel, RW, Oshawa (OHL)
  20. Ryan Merkley, D, Guelph (OHL)
  21. Jacob Olofsson, C, Timrå IK (ALLSVENSKAN)
  22. K’Andre Miller, D, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  23. Dominik Bokk, RW, Växjö (SHL)
  24. Ryan McLeod, C, Mississauga (OHL)
  25. Jett Woo, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
  26. Aidan Dudas, C, Owen Sound (OHL)
  27. Vitali Kravtsov, LW, Traktor (KHL)
  28. Akil Thomas, RW, Niagara (OHL)
  29. Calen Addison, D, Lethbridge (WHL)
  30. Ty Dellandrea, C, Flint (OHL)
  31. Alexander Alexeyev, D, Red Deer (WHL)

2018 NHL Draft Ranking – October Final

  1. Rasmus Dahlin, D, Frölunda HC (SHL)
  2. Andrei Svechnikov, RW, Barrie (OHL)
  3. Brady Tkachuk, LW, Boston University (NCAA)
  4. Filip Zadina, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
  5. Adam Boqvist, D, Brynäs IF (SUPERELIT)
  6. Ty Smith, D, Spokane (WHL)
  7. Rasmus Kupari, C, Oulun Kärpät (LIIGA)
  8. Joel Farabee, LW, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  9. Ryan Merkley, D, Guelph (OHL)
  10. Quinton Hughes, D, Michigan (NCAA)
  11. Oliver Wahlstrom, C, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  12. Joe Veleno, C, Saint John (QMJHL)
  13. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, Ässät (LIIGA)
  14. Bode Wilde, D, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  15. Serron Noel, RW, Oshawa (OHL)
  16. Isac Lundeström, C, Luleå HF (SHL)
  17. Jack McBain, C, Toronto (OJHL)
  18. Barrett Hayton, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)
  19. Jacob Olofsson, C, Timrå IK (ALLSVENSKAN)
  20. Akil Thomas, RW, Niagara (OHL)
  21. Noah Dobson, D, Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
  22. Calen Addison, D, Lethbridge (WHL)
  23. Ryan McLeod, C, Mississauga (OHL)
  24. Jett Woo, D, Moose Jaw (WHL)
  25. Allan McShane, C, Oshawa (OHL)
  26. Jesse Ylönen, RW, Espoo (MESTIS)
  27. Jared McIsaac, D, Halifax (QMJHL)
  28. Vitali Kravtsov, LW, Traktor (KHL)
  29. Benoit Olivier-Groulx, C, Halifax (QMJHL)
  30. K’Andre Miller, D, NTDP U18 (USDP)
  31. Nando Eggenberger, RW, HC Davos (NLA)

#19 Rasmus Kupari, C, Kärpät (10/7/17)

vs. JYP Jyväskylä (LIIGA)

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2018 NHL Draft prospect Rasmus Kupari has no problem handling the puck against men, as he picks up the puck on the cycle from below the goal line and circles the perimeter. This is a failed play as a result of a teammate nearly taking him out, as you can see he recovers and makes a move along the line. The sentiment is this was a hiccup, as he has the smarts to take that inside lane opening if his teammate doesn’t throw him off course. Worth monitoring, though, as it’s a problem if he dipsy doodles and gets closed off like that frequently.

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Young Kupari opens up the clip using his head and stick to distract the opponent, which freed up the puck for his teammate to scoop up. His D zone play can tighten up as his own zone range is too loose and expansive, though his excellent skating ability is obvious. As the play heads up ice, you will see his soft hands allow smooth pass reception in flight and he’s able to shortly thereafter pull up and get a shot off while covered closely.