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.
|Standing Long Jump
|Bench Press (Watts/KG)
|Pro Agility (Time in Sec.)
||Left: 4.44 / Right: 4.38
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)
|Total Fundamental Movement Skills Score
|Pro Agility (Left Time)
|No Arm Jump
|Peak Power Output (watts/kg)
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
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