TOP PROSPECTS DESCEND ON BUFFALO FOR NHL COMBINE

Top prospects Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Jesse Puljujarvi, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Matthew Tkachuk and Alexander Nylander are among the 114 draft-eligible players expected to attend the 2016 NHL Combine, which runs through this Saturday at First Niagara Center and HarborCenter in Buffalo.

The event will be held at First Niagara Center and the HarborCenter in Buffalo from May 30 to June 4.

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Auston Matthews

The week includes one-on-one interviews with NHL teams, medical examinations and fitness testing.

Among the top North American skaters invited to the Combine are left wing Pierre-Luc Dubois (6-2, 201) of Cape Breton in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, left wing Matthew Tkachuk (6-1, 200) of London in the Ontario Hockey League, left wing Alexander Nylander (6-0, 180) of Mississauga in the OHL, and defenseman Jakob Chychrun (6-2, 205) of Sarnia in the OHL.

Nine goaltenders were invited to the Combine, among them Evan Fitzpatrick of Sherbrooke of the QMJHL and Filip Gustavsson of Lulea’s team in Sweden’s junior league. Fitzpatrick (6-3, 206) is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American goaltenders and Gustavsson (6-1, 184) is No. 1 on the final ranking of international goaltenders.

Click here for a list of expected attendees.

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