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KYROU MEASURES UP WITH FELLOW TOP NHL DRAFT PROSPECTS AT 2022 SCOUTING COMBINE

Buffalo, New York – The top 96 NHL Draft Prospects from all around the world had the opportunity to boost their stock during the Scouting Combine – the first running of the event since 2019.

One of just 30 Defensemen invited to the Combine, quickly-rising prospect and leading Erie Otters’ defensive-scorer Christian Kyrou came into the weekend as the 48th Ranked Skating Prospect in North America. Coming into the 2021-22 season, Kyrou had not scratched the charts on any of NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch, but after an ironman season playing 68/68 games, and being second on the team with 60 points (18G+42A), the Komoka, ON native earned his looks from scouts.

“Been pretty exciting this week, I’ve met a lot of new teams. It’s been surreal, not a lot of people get to come here. It’s…exciting” said Kyrou, “[It’s been a] lot of development the past years, I worked hard. [I’m] just grateful for the opportunity I had.”

The NHL Scouting Combine gives prospects the chance not just to talk more personally with potential drafted teams, but to also showcase their off-ice abilities and tangibles through a circuit-style abilities test. These tests include bench pressing, pull ups, standing long jump, and an official measuring of pre-Draft height, weight, and wingspan. Wearing the #21 shirt, Kyrou’s group – which included only Ontario Hockey League players – started testing at 12:30 P.M.

Height 5’10”
Weight (lbs.) 172
Standing Long Jump 98″
Vertical Jump 16.85″
Bench Press (Watts/KG) 7.99
Pro Agility (Time in Sec.) Left: 4.44 / Right: 4.38
Pull Ups 10
Wingate (Watts/KG) 15.8

Kyrou’s performance at the Combine was an impressive one, finishing in the top 25 of multiple categories among the nearly 100 prospects.

Pro Agility (Right Time) 4.38 seconds 2nd overall
Total Fundamental Movement Skills Score 17 t-3rd overall
Pro Agility (Left Time) 4.44 seconds 6th overall
No Arm Jump 16.11 inches 18th overall
Vertical Jump 18.1 inches 21st overall
Peak Power Output (watts/kg) 15.8 watts t-23rd overall

Time will tell the impact that the performance at the NHL Scouting Combine will have on Kyrou’s stock – a projected second round pick – heading into the 2022 Entry Draft.

With on-ice performance showing as some of the best in the OHL in 2021-22, the breakout Defenseman will hope to hear his name called early during the July 7 Draft Weekend.


For a complete list of the OHL players recognized in the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings, head to OntarioHockeyLeague.com.

For top 25 results on each of the Combine’s tests, head to link.nhl.com/centralscouting/public

For the latest Otters news, visit OttersHockey.com, or follow the team on Facebook (Facebook.com/erieottershockey), Twitter (@ErieOtters), and Instagram (@ErieOtters).

For further information on the Erie Otters and for media inquiries, please contact Shawn Bednard at shawn.bednard@ottershockey.com.

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