Three Manitobans are among the 114 players who received an invite to the 2016 NHL Scouting Combine. Oakbank’s Brett Howden, and Brandon’s Tanner Kaspick and Jordy Stallard will all get a chance to showcase themselves to representatives from all 30 NHL clubs. Wheat Kings defenseman Kale Clague also received an invitation.
Howden, 18, scored 24 goals with 40 assists in 68 games last season for the Moose Jaw Warriors. He recently suited up for Canada at the Under-18 World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Kaspick, 18, was just named the WHL’s player of the week after scoring the overtime winner in game one of the WHL championship series. He has five goals and five assists in 18 playoff games. He recorded 13 goals and 18 assists in 53 regular season games in 2015-16.
Stallard, 18, played with the Calgary Hitmen the past two seasons after suiting up in one game for the MJHL’s Winkler Flyers in the 2013-14 season. Stallard had a breakout year with the Hitmen notching 21 goals and 28 assists in 68 games.
The projected top three picks in the draft Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are also expected to attend.
Players will undergo a complete physical and medical assessment and teams will have the chance for one-on-one interviews with the prospects.
The NHL Draft Combine is scheduled from May 30 to June 4 in Buffalo.