The NHL Combine was this past weekend and a few players raised their stock for the upcoming draft. Here is a closer look at those players and where they could land when selections begin later this month.
Alex Galchenyuk had knee surgery last year and that had scouts and GMs worried, but the young forward proved this weekend that his knee is 100% and that could move him up into the second pick in the draft. Galchenyuk was already a top five talent, but his explosiveness and strength at the combine really impressed onlookers and that has the youngster quickly climbing the draft boards around the league.
Defenseman Hampus Lindholm jumped in rankings with an impressive workout this past week. The young defender has moved into the top half of the first round with his hard work and could become a top 10 player in the upcoming draft.
This year's NHL Draft is dominated by defense, and that is one reason Henrik Samuelsson and his combine work could have the young center moving up into a top 15 pick. Teams are looking for explosive players and Samuelsson made a big impression on scouts this week, making him a definite first round pick and with the right team, a possible top 15 choice.
These youngsters used hard work to increase their stock and in today's age of athletes, it's refreshing to see players with work ethic create their own opportunities and not live off past achievements.