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It’s time for one of the league’s weirdest annual rituals: scouting combine test day

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Scouting combine test day is today. Get ready for a bunch of borderline creepy tweets about teenage boys’ stats. Also there’s probably going to be some weird celebration of them puking after doing the VO2 max test. And people taking weird measurements of various body parts. This is just a weird day all around.

Leafs links

The Leafs have too many wingers | Pension Plan Puppets
The solution to the unbalanced depth chart seems obvious: trade an extra right winger. But who do you give up?

2017 Maple Leafs pipeline list is updated and improved | Pension Plan Puppets
The Maple Leafs have made some changes upstream, so the 2017 pipeline list has been refreshed and now shows when rights expire.

Mailbag: Jeremy Bracco and God | Pension Plan Puppets
All that and more in this edition of the mailbag.

Playoffs

Goaltending In This Cup Final Has Been A Lopsided Affair | On the Forecheck
It’s pretty clear where the Penguins have gained an advantage in the first two games of this Stanley Cup Final series.

Subban believes in Predators, stands by Game 3 prediction | Sportsnet.ca
Only Subban knows the true motivation for channelling his inner Mark Messier, and it might even be as simple as offering up an honest answer to the questions being asked.

Draft links

Top 2017 NHL Draft prospects hoping to help teams follow Leafs’ path | Pension Plan Puppets
The 2016-2017 Leafs have become a model for how to climb out of the NHL’s basement.

2017 NHL Draft prospect profile: Casey Mittelstadt has speed and skill to burn | Eyes On The Prize
2017’s Mr. Hockey is projected to go early in this year’s entry draft.

2017 NHL Draft Profile: University of Michigan's Luke Martin can bring missing element to Red Wings defense | Winging It In Motown
Luke Martin, defenseman at the University of Michigan is a defenseman who can add a different element on the Red Wings blueline. Every year Wings fans want a big body on the blueline and Martin is...

Draft Profile: Conor Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds | Blueshirt Banter
Conor Timmins is a calm and productive two-way defenseman who could fill a big organizational need on the right side.

Austen Keating: 2017 NHL Draft Prospect Profile | All About The Jersey
Austen Keating improved on his production and his game with the Ottawa 67s last season. Yet, he is flying somewhat under the radar. Learn more about Keating with this prospect profile.

2017 NHL Entry Draft Prospect Profile: Michael Rasmussen | Defending Big D
A rare combination of size and skill, Ramussen will be a popular prospect for many teams come draft day

The NHL Scouting Combine is back: time to measure those wingspans | Pension Plan Puppets
The combine has been going on all week, but today is when fitness tests starts and the oh, so (un)important measurements get taken.

Other news

Does Matt Calvert have a future in Columbus? | The Cannon
Should we say goodbye to another fan favorite?

How much will Alex Galchenyuk’s contract extension cost? | Eyes On The Prize
The polarizing Canadiens forward approaches restricted free agency with a lot of potential and a lot of question marks.

Ducks sign coach Randy Carlyle to one-year extension | Sportsnet
The Anaheim Ducks have signed head coach Randy Carlyle to a one-year contract extension that covers the 2018-19 season.