Sabres to host 2015, 2016 NHL Combine

by Aug 18, 1:20 PM
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The 2015 and 2016 NHL Combine will be held at First Niagara Center and the soon-to-be opened HarborCenter in Buffalo, the NHL announced Monday.

The annual event, held in Toronto since 1999, is overseen by NHL Central Scouting and brings approximately 100 draft-eligible prospects into one place for interviews with NHL teams, as well as medical and physical testing.

"The NHL Combine is an essential event for all of our member clubs in advance of the draft, which continues to grow in importance," said Colin Campbell, senior executive vice president of NHL Hockey Operations. "The League has pushed to improve the combine each year and the state-of-the-art facilities in Buffalo will allow us to further enhance the quality of the event for our teams, prospects and media."

"We've had our eye on hosting the combine for quite some time and we are thrilled that it will be coming to Buffalo," added Sabres president Ted Black. "All of our resources will be in place to ensure a successful event for the League, and we're proud to have the next wave of NHL players pass through Buffalo."

The 2015 combine is set to feature Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters and Jack Eichel of Boston University, both of whom are expected to be drafted with the top two picks in June's NHL Draft.

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