While it matters to the teams and the players

  • A lot of the questions tend to be centered on a player's on-ice performance and personality, but they can veer off course. Norris recalled one team asking him if he was a "beer or liquor guy," noting that was the one question that caught him off guard and made him chuckle a bit during his own interview process.

    Norris said he met with 29 or 30 teams at last year's combine. As a player who was projected to be on the bubble to be a first round pick, he knew this event gave him a chance to  NHL 18 Coins separate himself a little bit.I knew if I could really do well at the testing part of the combine and leave good impressions and show my personality [in the interviews], I knew that would put me in a better spot in the end," says Norris.

    While it matters to the teams and the players, the physical testing portion certainly isn't a make-or-break situation for either."The guys that do really well, it's a positive. It shows great athleticism, strength, coordination or advancements in their physical structure," Brackett said. "Guys that don't perform well who maybe have less training or were less physically drilled, it's not a detriment. It could be that they just need more time. As long as they can identify their strengths and weaknesses, and have a plan to address them, I think it's a positive whether you go and blow away the testing or go and struggle a little bit."