Pugsley impresses with fastest time at QMJHL combine

Dave Mathieson webcomments@ngnews.ca
Published on May 10, 2012
Josh Pugsley receiving his Rookie of the Year and Top Scorer awards at the NSMMHL banquet.
Submitted Photo

AMHERST - Fifteen-year-old Josh Pugsley is fast.

The Amherst native proved that fact at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League combines recently held in Boisbriand, Quebec.

"I ran 20 metres in 2.24 seconds," said Pugsley.

Pugsley posted the fastest off-ice sprint time among 80 of the top ranked prospects from the 2012 draft class taking part in on-ice testing, off-ice testing, games, and skills clinics and workshops.

All times were measured with electronic sensors and Pugsley said, "they had the times posted on a monitor on the track and it was nice to see my name first because I didn't think I was going to be the fastest."

QMJHL team scouts were on hand to evaluate the players, and Pugsley opened their eyes during on-ice testing as well.

"There was forward skating with and without the puck, there was backwards skating with and without the puck, and we did a weave with and without the puck," said Pugsley.

The athletes started the clock by skating through a gate, performed their task, and then skated through another gate to stop the clock.

"I came fifth in the weave with the puck," said Pugsley.

The players were also divided into four teams with 20 players on each team.

Pugsley played two scrimmage games, scoring in the first game and playing, "two solid games."

Pugsley said it was highest caliber hockey he's ever played.

"Everybody was at the same level and everybody wanted to make an impression, so everything was really fast," he said. "It was top speed, and top everything."

Two areas where Pugsley needs some work is on his size and his strength.

Pugsley hit the ice in Boisbriand at five-foot-nine, and 143 pounds, making him one of the smallest players at the combine.

"Being a smaller guy, my strength was the biggest thing I noticed that I need to work on," he said. "I was going up against guys who were over six-feet."

QMJHL Central Scouting projects Pugsley to be picked in the fifth-round, and 74 overall, in the Q draft, which is June 9, in Quebec City.

"The draft is in a month away, so I'll just wait and see what happens there and hopefully it will all work out," he said.

Pugsley was selected to attend the combine after finishing the 2011-2012 Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League season as the leagues top scorer and rookie of the year playing with the Pictou County Major Midgets.