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The NHL takes a very close look at its draft eligible players this week.

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It’s once again that time of year where moderately overweight men in suits spend the day ogling sweaty shirtless teenagers working out. It’s the NHL Combine!

This week the prospects for the NHL Draft will go through a battery of physical tests, the results of which are taken very seriously for about four minutes, and then forgotten. The real fun happens in the interview rooms, where the players are grilled on their game and why they should be drafted, but we don’t get to watch that part.

The Combine is once again in Buffalo, and our own Scott Wheeler will be there.

Memorial Cup

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, so I expect news to stay light. Have a nice Sunday!