Prince Albert, SK – Prince Albert Raiders winger Cole Fonstad is one of 50 CHL players invited to the 2018 NHL Scouting Combine that is underway this week at First Niagara Center and the nearby HarborCenter in Buffalo, NY.
Fonstad is in his first year of NHL draft eligibility and coming off a fantastic sophomore season in the WHL. The Estevan product suited up in all 72 games, scoring 21 goals and adding 52 assists. The fifth overall pick of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft added four goals and an assist in the Raiders’ seven-game playoff run.
Following the year, Fonstad made his Team Canada debut at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Hockey Championships held at Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, Russia.
Fonstad’s draft stock rose throughout the seeason. After not being featured in the Players To Watch List at the beginning of the season, he finished the year at 65th overall among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s final list, moving up 13 spots from the midterm rankings.
The list of CHL invitees includes 27 forwards, 19 defencemen and four goaltenders. CHL talent represents 48% of the 104 players invited to attend the event.
Top CHL draft eligible talent invited includes Barrie Colts winger Andrei Svechnikov, Halifax Mooseheads flank Filip Zadina, highly-regarded defencemen Evan Bouchard of the London Knights and Noah Dobson of the Mastercard Memorial Cup champion Acadie-Bathurst Titan in addition to other forward names in Joe Veleno (Drummondville Voltigeurs), Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) and Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals). In goal, the highly ranked QMJHL trio of Olivier Rodrigue (Drummondville Voltigeurs), Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles) and Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads) are all in attendance.
The NHL Scouting Combine provides an opportunity for teams to meet and interview prospects as well as see them physically tested in an off-ice setting.
Of the 50 CHL players invited, 24 come from the Ontario Hockey League, 15 come from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and 11 come from the Western Hockey League.
The highly-anticipated portion of the combine – fitness testing – is set to take place Friday and Saturday at the HarborCenter in Buffalo. Saturday’s fitness testing can be seen live on Sportsnet.ca from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PT.
Friday’s testing will feature four different evaluations, including y-balance, function movement screen, grip strength and aerobic fitness (VO2 max).
Saturday’s testing will feature seven different evaluations, including standing height, wingspan, standing long jump, jump station, bench press, pro agility test and pull ups.
CHL PLAYERS INVITED TO THE 2018 NHL SCOUTING COMBINE:
Forwards (27): Kody Clark (Ottawa 67’s)
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Curtis Douglas (Windsor Spitfires)
Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
Eric Florchuk (Saskatoon Blades) Cole Fonstad (Prince Albert Raiders)
Gabriel Fortier (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Benoit-Olivier Groulx (Halifax Mooseheads)
Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Cameron Hillis (Guelph Storm)
Mitchell Hoelscher (Ottawa 67’s)
Blade Jenkins (Saginaw Spirit)
Alexander Khovanov (Moncton Wildcats)
Philipp Kurashev (Quebec Remparts)
Anderson MacDonald (Moncton Wildcats)
Ryan McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals)
Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
Kristian Reichel (Red Deer Rebels)
Milos Roman (Vancouver Giants)
Riley Stotts (Calgary Hitmen)
Riley Sutter (Everett Silvertips)
Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)
Joe Veleno (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Filip Zadina (Halifax Mooseheads)
Defencemen (19): Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Alexander Alexeyev (Red Deer Rebels)
Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
Nicolas Beaudin (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Xavier Bernard (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Evan Bouchard (London Knights)
Xavier Bouchard (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Sean Durzi (Owen Sound Attack)
Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals)
Filip Kral (Spokane Chiefs)
Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads)
Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm)
Alec Regula (London Knights)
Carter Robertson (Ottawa 67’s)
Rasmus Sandi (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
Giovanni Vallati (Kitchener Rangers)
Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Goaltenders (4): Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Olivier Rodrigue (Drummondville Voltigeurs)