Regina Pats star forward Sam Steel was among 114 draft prospects in Buffalo New York for the annual Draft Combine over the last week.
“It was a pretty cool experience that’s for sure. I am just lucky enough to be a part of it. It’s kind of relieving that it’s over now and you just gotta wait until the draft but overall it was an awesome experience and I was really glad I could take part in it.” Steel said after completing another step towards the NHL Draft later this month.
The players got a chance to meet with NHL teams and then on the weekend took part in the fitness testing portion.
Steel showed well placing in the top 25 in four of the events:
7th in the Aerobic Fitness: VO2max (ml/kg/min).
Tied 17th in the Anaerobic Fitness: Peak Power Output (watts/kg).
Tied for 7th in the Musculoskeletal: Bench Press 70-80% of Body Weight (# of Reps) where he put up 13 reps. Two back of the overall leader.
Lastly Sam was alone in second with 13 reps in the Musculoskeletal: Pull-Ups Consecutive (max #).
Steel says he put his best foot forward over the week. “The interviews you just gotta be yourself. I thought all the interviews went well so it’s good with that and with the fitness testing I did what I could so I don’t think I hurt my stock there. Overall though I think a lot of it relies on the season.”
Steel is the 30th ranked player in North America by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service. The 2016 NHL Draft is in Buffalo on June 24th and 25th.