Lukas Sedlak is ready to get back on the ice after missing out on the playoffs last season due to an injury. Between proposing to his fiance and traveling the world, BlueJackets.com got to catch up with him to see how his summer is going.
BlueJackets.com: Congratulations on your recent engagement. Can you talk about how you proposed to your fiancé?
Sedlak: I was thinking about it for a long time. I've been with my girlfriend for over five years now, so I was thinking that it was about time. During the season, I asked Nick Foligno and some of the guys for some contacts, so I could get a ring. They gave me a good contact, and he made a perfect ring. Just before the end of the season, I got it in the mail, and we went to the Dominican Republic for vacation so I thought it might be nice thing to do that there.
BlueJackets.com: What else have you been up to this summer?
Sedlak: We wanted to travel a lot, so we went to the Dominican Republic. We traveled around to the Czech Republic to see some things. We spent a couple of days in New York. We love to see parts of the world, so I like to travel a lot during this summer.
BlueJackets.com: Last season injured during the playoffs, what was that feeling like, and how did that experience impact you, mentally?
Sedlak: I got hurt a couple of games before the playoffs, so I was really sad. I was hoping that I could get in and really help the guys and the team to make a longer run in the playoffs. It was a really good experience for me, playoff hockey is different than the regular season. I was hoping to get that stint, but now I know how it works, and I will be ready for next year.
BlueJackets.com: How has rehab been, and how are you feeling now?
Sedlak: It was miserable. You never want to be hurt or watch the guys play games without you. You want to be on the ice especially during the playoffs, so it was tough looking from the stands. I was fortunate to play the last two games and after that I started rehabbing right after the season ended, and I think I was successful. I still have a lot of work to do, but I feel pretty good.
BlueJackets.com: Is there anything in particular that you have been focusing on heading into the upcoming season?
Sedlak: Nothing really special, I just wanted to rehab my injury, so I'm focusing my core and torso a lot but obviously, I want to get faster and stronger and stuff like that. I didn't change my program from last year because I think I was pretty successful. I had a good summer, and I was in good shape this year, so I didn't change much.
BlueJackets.com: What are your thoughts on what the organization has done this offseason, with the draft, along with the acquirement of Artemi Panarin?
Sedlak: Well obviously, you really follow every step the organization does, and I'm looking forward to the season. Artemi is a great player. You see what he has done the last two years in the NHL and it's pretty amazing, so I'm looking forward to playing on the same team and try to watch him and maybe learn something. Obviously, we lost some good players, but that is how it works. If you have to get somebody good, you have to give somebody good. It's tough to see some guys go but I'm excited for the season ahead of us.