NHL teams ask prospects pretty bizarre questions

Leon Draisaitl, who says he be happy to play for a Canadian team, says the interview questions are...

Leon Draisaitl, who says he be happy to play for a Canadian team, says the interview questions are probably intended to help teams ensure a good fit with the players. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency

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PHILADELPHIA - Would you rather have a poem or a gun?

According to one NHL team, there is a right answer to that question, and it makes a difference in what kind of hockey player an 18-year-old kid will grow up to be.

That’s why it’s on the psychological test given to all the young prospects they interviewed in advance of the draft.

“I still don’t know what the right answer that was,” laughed Kingston Frontenacs centre Sam Bennett, who interviewed with 18 teams during the NHL combine.

“I had a few psychological written tests that took quite a while. They’re pretty crazy, questions totally out of left field.

“For the most part it’s just getting to know the players.

“They want so see how you react to certain questions and what you’re all about.”

With so much at stake in the draft game — millions of dollars and the on-ice future of the franchises — teams are no longer content to simply poke and prod a player physically, or count how many chin-ups he can do.


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