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Yamamoto Shines In Agility Tests Preceding Top Prospects Game
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Quebec City, QC – Spokane Chiefs forward Kailer Yamamoto stood out in agility tests prior to the 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, earning top-three finishes in five categories.  Forty of the CHL’s top prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL Draft, including 15 from the WHL, were put to the test on Sunday at Centre Videotron in Quebec City one day before Team Cherry and Team Orr face-off on Monday night.

Players seized the opportunity to showcase their individual strengths with Sport Testing once again putting the next wave of NHL Draft talent through a series of tests to gauge fitness and skill levels for NHL management and scouts.

Yamamoto, a third-year forward for the Chiefs and potential first round pick in the upcoming 2017 NHL Entry Draft, was the top finisher among all skaters in Weave Agility with Puck, earned second in Weave Agility and third in Reaction. Off the ice, he finished first in Pro-Agility Right and third in Pro-Agility Left.

Yamamoto will compete for Team Orr in Monday’s game.

2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game – Sport Testing Combine Top Performers:

On-Ice Tests:

30M Forward Skate:

1 – Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyounds) 3.991
2 – Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings)
3 – Cody Glass (Portland Winterhawks)

30M Forward Skate with Puck:

1 – Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
2 – Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings)
3 – Henri Jokiharju (Portland Winterhawks)

30M Backward Skate:

1 – Michael Rasmussen (Tri-City Americans)
2 – Markus Phillips (Owen Sound Attack)
3 – Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)

30M Backward Skate with Puck:

1 – Markus Phillips (Owen Sound Attack)
2 – Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
3 – Antoine Crete-Belzile (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)

Transition Agility:

1 – Alex Formenton (London Knights)
2 – Antoine Crete-Belzile (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
3 – Henri Jokiharju (Portland Winterhawks)

Transition Agility with Puck:

1 – Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads
2 – Alex Formenton (London Knights)
3 – Markus Phillips (Owen Sound Attack)

Weave Agility:

Kailer Yamamoto Team Orr
Photo: Martin Haude

1 – Alex Formenton (London Knights)
2 – Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane Chiefs)
3 – Antoine Morand (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

Weave Agility with Puck:

1 – Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane Chiefs)
2 – Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
3 – Alex Formenton (London Knights)

Reaction:

1 – Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings)
2 – Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia Sting)
3 – Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane Chiefs)

Reaction with Puck:

1 – Juuso Valimaki (Tri-City Americans)
2 – Alex Formenton (London Knights)
3 – Michael Rasmussen (Tri-City Americans)

Off-Ice Tests:

Pro-Agility Left:

1 – Ivan Lodnia (Erie Otters)
2 – Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)
3 – Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane Chiefs)

Pro-Agility Right:

1 – Kailer Yamamoto (Spokane Chiefs)
2 – Juuso Valimaki (Tri-City Americans)
3 – Ivan Lodnia (Erie Otters)

Vertical Jump:

1 – Alex Formenton (London Knights)
2 – Jake Leschyshyn (Regina Pats)
3 – Jacob Paquette (Kingston Frontenacs)

Broad Jump:

1 – Eemeli Rasanen (Kingston Frontenacs)
2 – Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
2 – Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Medicine Ball Toss:

1 – Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads)
2 – Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
3 – Markus Phillips (Owen Sound Attack)

Grip Left:

1 – Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia Sting)
2 – Nikita Popugaev (Prince George Cougars)
3 – Jacob Paquette (Kingston Frontenacs)

Grip Right:

1 – Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia Sting)
2 – Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
3 – Jacob Paquette (Kingston Frontenacs)

Sport Testing scores provide valuable performance benchmarks to coaches and players at all levels of hockey with data collected at the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game shared with NHL Central Scouting and distributed to all 30 NHL teams. For more information, please visit www.sporttesting.com.

The 2017 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will take place on Monday, January 30 at 4 p.m. PT.  The game will be broadcast live in the United States on NHL Network. For more information, please visit http://sherwin-williamstopprospects.ca.

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