"I try to tell them it doesn’t matter what place they’re drafted from, whether it’s the fifth or sixth round... or the first round, if you’re prepared to come and work, an opportunity will be yours."
-- Eric Tangradi
has played all of 17 NHL games, only one in the playoffs. This week, though, he's a five-year veteran.
Tangradi is by far the most accomplished of the 28 mostly very inexperienced players who are taking the ice this week during the
' player development camp, which is being held for the first time at Consol Energy Center.
This is fifth such July camp for the left wing – two with Anaheim, three with Pittsburgh – and Tangradi claims the experience never grows old, even if the players around him keep getting younger and younger.
"I don't remember them being this young," Tangradi said Tuesday, eyeing a room filled not only with fresh faces but multiple players old enough to be college freshmen. "They're all kids."