With many new faces around Columbus Blue Jackets training camp, BlueJackets.com took time to sit down with a few of the younger players on the team. Up today is rookie winger Adam Pineault, who just signed his entry level contract with the team
CBJ.com: How does it feel to get on the ice with an NHL team?
Adam Pineault: Oh, it's awesome. Just trying to get my legs back and get better these next couple of days.
CBJ.com: What did you improve on this past season with Moncton of the QMJHL?
AP: I think my overall play improved. The transition from college to the Quebec league was different. It is more of a pro league up there (QMJHL), and I tried to adjust to the pro schedule and improve my strength.
CBJ.com: What differences did you notice from college hockey and the major junior level?
AP: College hockey is more based on school than it is on hockey. Once you get to major junior's, it's all hockey. It's more of an NHL type game with an NHL type schedule.
CBJ.com: What was it like playing for Team USA in the World Junior Championships?
AP: It was a good experience. Unfortunately we didn't do too well, but it was kind of a learning point for this year. Hopefully I get the invitation again to go to the tournament and hopefully come out better this year.
CBJ.com: During the off-season, what is the most important aspect of your training?
AP: Mostly strength. I go out there and workout over the year and play enough hockey and utilize my strength.
CBJ.com: What is it like being as successful as you are at such a young age?
AP: It's an unbelievable experience. You know, the past couple of years I have been away from my family, so you have some adjustments to make some sacrifices, too.
CBJ.com: What part of your game do you feel you could improve on?
AP: Out of everything I would have to say skating. Skating and strength, I could always improve on that. That and becoming a more overall player.
CBJ.com: In your young career, what is one of the best stories you could tell?
AP: I think at the World Under-18 championships. We played Team Canada in the semifinal game, and during that game, I had a ruptured appendix and ended up having surgery down in Moscow. That's a story I will be telling for a while.
CBJ.com: Being one of the younger guys on the team, how have the veterans treated you?
AP: Everybody here has just been unbelievable in welcoming me in. They are telling me what to do to help me, hopefully, make this team someday.
CBJ.com: What have you learned from the veterans that has helped you the most?
AP: I think overall is the speed. The speed compared to major juniors is an unbelievable difference. You get the puck and you have to get it out right away. That something I hope I keep learning from the older guys.
CBJ.com: What do you do when you are not playing hockey?
AP: Not too much. I have a few friends at home. I have a girlfriend in Michigan that I hang out with sometimes. I try to golf, but I am not good at it. I have some fun.