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The View from the Ice: Final Thoughts

by Beau Starrett, with Bria Davis / Chicago Blackhawks
(Chase Agnello-Dean/Chicago Blackhawks)

Today’s scrimmage was more tiring compared to the other ones, but it was definitely a good experience, getting out there with the older guys in the pro group. For me, I’m about their size, so it’s good to see the skills they’ve got, follow in their steps and look good out there. Because the free-agent guys left yesterday, there were fewer bodies out there, but the pace was pretty similar. It was good to get the legs going one last time.

Scoring my third goal of Prospect Camp was good. My linemate, [2014 pick] Jack Ramsey, just got it behind the net, threw it in front and I was grinding away and put it in five-hole. It was good to get a goal out there in front of the older guys.

Coming into camp, I definitely had an idea of what it was going to be like; I expected the pace out there and the drills we did. I was aware we would have a lot of scrimmaging going on, and it was a good camp overall. I look forward to coming to next year’s camp and so on and so on.

Leaving camp with faster pace and having played against older guys was good. You can always get better when you're out there on the ice; you always improve and always work your body. I look forward to taking this learning experience going into next season with the South Shore Kings in the OPJHL.

Since this is the last day, we’ll be taking the bus to the airport, and from there, we just go our own separate ways. Being in Chicago for a week was great; me and a lot of the younger guys went out and had some fun. It’s good to meet new players; my roommate, [2014 fifth-round pick] Dylan Sikura from Aurora, will be at Northeastern next year, so getting to meet guys you’ll be paying against in the future is definitely special. It’s good to build relationships the first year and go from there. I look forward to seeing this group of guys next year.

Starting next week I’ll just get right back into training. My routine consists of skating three times a week and playing in a pro league in Massachusetts with [2012 draft pick] Chris Calnan. May plan is just working out and getting bigger, faster, stronger for next season.

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