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).
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