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Buffalo's Bailey, Malone show NHL scouts that hockey players can jump

By John Vogl

The importance of the fitness test at the NHL scouting combine can be debated. Panthers GM Dale Tallon doesn't give a hoot about the strength portion. Others feel the tests give insight into players' physical abilities.

If there happen to be any scouts who give extra credence to jumping, the top two prospects from Western New York will hop up the draft board.

The NHL has released the top-10 finishers in several testing categories, and Williamsville's Justin Bailey and West Seneca's Sean Malone both made the list.

Bailey finished third out of about 100 prospects in the standing long jump, leaping 114 inches (9 feet, 6 inches). Malone jumped 111 inches to finish in a tie for sixth.

Bailey had ups, too, placing in a tie for ninth in the vertec vertical jump with pause at 27 inches.

Bailey was sixth in the left-hand grip at 149 pounds (which makes me glad we shook hands with our right).

Thoughts from Bailey and Malone can be found here.

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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