By John Vogl
The NHL combine is underway in Toronto, but the heavy lifting won't come until later this week. Two local players -- Justin Bailey and Sean Malone -- will lift at the same time.
Representatives from all 30 teams began gathering in The True North over the weekend, and more than 100 draft-eligible prospects were set to join them. Teams can interview as many prospects as they wish during a four-day span (Monday through Thursday), and they have access to independent medical reports.
"What the players have to keep in mind is that this will be their initial contact with many NHL teams, so they have the chance to make that good initial impression," Dan Marr, NHL director of central scouting, told NHL.com. "Some kids aren't that comfortable when they're in an interview environment, so it's important they be prepared to talk about themselves, which is something they might not be used to doing. The combine gives the NHL teams a chance to get to know the player away from the rink."
The talks lead to action at the end of the week. The fitness test portion of the combine will be conducted Friday and Saturday. Bailey, who's ranked 38th by Central Scouting, and Malone, who is No. 62, will work out at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
There are 13 individual tests designed to show the prospects' endurance.
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