Two New Englanders stood out among the 103 top 2019 NHL Draft prospects who competed at the 2019 NHL Scouting Combine that took place last week at the HarborCenter in Buffalo, N.Y.
Defenseman Jayden Struble (Cumberland, R.I.) finished first in five of the 18 events while placing in the top five of four others. In total, he finished in the top 25 in 13 events. It was an impressive performance for the St. Sebastian’s defenseman who will play the 2019-20 season in the BCHL with the Victoria Grizzlies. A terrific all-around athlete, the Northeastern commit was a star on the Cumberland team that made it to the 2014 Little League World Series.
USA Hockey NTDP U-18 goaltender Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn.) also performed well at the scouting combine. Projected to be the first goaltender taken at the draft in Vancouver, Knight placed in the top 25 of nine events, including first in one. Knight is committed to Boston College.
Another Eagle commit, forward Alex Newhook of the Victoria Grizzlies, found his way into the top 25 of five events.