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NHL combine winners, buzz

Updated: June 4, 2013, 3:46 PM ET
By Grant Sonier

The NHL's scouting combine wrapped up this weekend, leaving team scouts and GMs with some interesting things to consider. This year's entry draft has been widely publicized as one of the deepest in many years, and the 30 teams touched down in Toronto eager to get an up close look at the prospects.

Perhaps the biggest story surrounding the fitness testing portion of the event was the potential top four picks declining to take part. Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, Seth Jones and Aleksander Barkov all attended the event but opted out of the physical testing components. The reason? MacKinnon, Drouin and Jones reported to the combine after competing in the Memorial Cup, which concluded May 26. Barkov continues to rehab a shoulder injury he suffered late in the season. Highly touted defenseman Darnell Nurse also sat out the tests due to injury.

The story created a little buzz, mostly because that group contains such highly touted prospects. But the big question is what impact it will have on their draft prospects.

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