BUFFALO, N.Y. — The NHL’s pre-draft scouting combine is staying in Buffalo through 2019.
The league announced it awarded the Buffalo Sabres a two-year extension to continue hosting the combine at its downtown arena and neighbouring HarborCenter hotel/rink complex. The Sabres began hosting the annual late-spring event in 2015 after the combine had previously been held at a suburban-Toronto convention centre.
The construction of the $200-million, two-rink HarborCenter spurred the Sabres’ bid because of its training and meeting-room facilities, and proximity to hotels.
NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr refers to the complex as an "all-encompassing" venue for teams to test and interview the top 100-plus draft-eligible prospects invited to participate.
This year’s combine runs from May 29 through June 3.