Eakin playing the waiting game with NHL Scouting Combine behind him
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.”