Eakin play­ing the wait­ing game with NHL Scouting Com­bine be­hind him

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SwiftCur­rent Bron­cos’ for­ward Cody Eakin’s dreams of be­ing drafted by a Na­tional Hockey League fran­chise are now only weeks away from com­ing true. Af­ter years of hard work there is noth­ing left for Eakin to do but sit back and await his fate af­ter com­plet­ing his fi­nal ob­sta­cle last week in Toronto where he par­tic­i­pated in theNHLS­cout­ingCom­bine.

At the com­bine Eakin and over 100 other top prospects were put through gru­el­ing phys­i­cal, med­i­cal, and psy­cho­log­i­cal tests.

“For my­self I did well,” said Eakin of his phys­i­cal test­ing re­sults.“I have been train­ing hard up un­til this point and am ob­vi­ously go­ing to con­tinue af­ter. I think that I did­well in most of them. I placed fourth in the VO2 test which is the longer bike test of the two.”

He ex­plained that his off­sea­son train­ing was de­signed with the com­bine in mind.

“Lead­ing up to it this spring ob­vi­ously I wanted to do well and I work out at a great place called Fo­cus Fit­ness here in Win­nipeg. They knew what it was about and they have seen guys­gothrough it be­fore so the work­outs they gaveme are spe­cific to the ex­er­cises and ob­vi­ously main­tain­ing a strong core for hockey be­cause it is not just fo­cus­ing for the ex­er­cises. In the ex­er­cises I was do­ing they in­cor­po­rated things I was do­ing in the com­bine and of course bik­ing, run­ning, sprint­ing, and quick feet. ”

He ex­plained that in to­talhe had in­ter­views with 24 of the NHL’s 30 teams.

“The dayswere long and the first day I had 14 in­ter­views, 20 min­utes apiece. There were a lot of the same ques­tions and it was hard to get a read off teams. I think they just want to know what kind of per­son you are and if you an­swer them truth­fully and hon­estly and be your­self. I think I did al­right in most of them. That is all you can re­ally do is be your­self, you can’t go in pre­tend­ing be­cause they just want to find out who you are.”

Some teams have been known to ask some fairly off­beat ques­tions, but the 18-yearold speed­ster said he didn’t comeacross toomany in his in­ter­views.

“I hon­estly didn’t get that many strange ones. One of the team’s scouts bor­rowed my glasses and they took a pic­ture with him wear­ing my glasses be­cause they thought he looked like some talk show host, so that was pretty weird. I heard some of the guys got grilled a lit­tle bitwith some of the ques­tions that tested their per­son­al­i­ties but I didn’t have toomany awk­ward or em­bar­rass­ing ques­tions.”

He also said hewill likely at­tend the draft in Montreal on June 26-27.

“(Bron­cos’ head coach and gen­eral man­ager) Dean (Chynoweth) said that if you get the op­por­tu­nity then make sure you go. It only hap­pens once in your life­time so why pass it up. It is an awe­some time if you get the chance to go. So I think Imight go.”

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