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John McFarland's combine stock boost

Updated: June 2, 2010, 2:39 PM ET
By Gare Joyce

The NHL combine gives you all sorts of results and reams of numbers, but nothing quite achieving certainty -- that is to say, how those numbers translate into usable hockey talent.

It's always been this way; the tests have grown more sophisticated but we're still left scratching our heads at the end of the process.

Here, though, is an attempt to creatively cull some results that might translate science into performance on the ice:

Tyler Seguin, C, Plymouth (OHL), NHL CSS No. 1 North American skater:
I've held the belief that Taylor Hall, another candidate for the No. 1 overall pick, would handle physical contact better than Seguin would at the NHL level. This opinion is shared by others who evaluate hockey talent. I came away with that idea after talking to Seguin at the CHL prospects game in January, when he looked sort of willowy to me.

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