Bruins Draft Picks Joona Koppanen, Cameron Clarke And Oskar Steen Pool Quotes 6/25
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BOSTON BRUINS DRAFT PICK JOONA KOPPANEN (5TH ROUND, NO. 135)
On how he feels… Yeah. I think that the draft was awesome and I’m really excited for the draft to Boston.
On how much he knows about Boston… Not really much, but I know that Tuukka Rask plays there.
On if he looked up to him… No, but he’s Finnish guy and I like that.
On his expectations… No I didn’t have any expectations. I just hope that I get drafted now I guess.
On if he talked to the Bruins before today… No.
On if he was surprised… Yeah I was happy.
On how he would describe his play… My strength is to skating and I’m good two forward.
BOSTON BRUINS DRAFT PICK CAM CLARK (5TH ROUND, NO. 136)
On his thoughts of being drafted by the Boston Bruins… Well, it’s a feeling like no other. I was just sitting in there with my family and when it happened, it was just pure excitement, and to go to Boston, they’re an Original Six organization. It’s just — it’s something you dream of growing up and it’s a great feeling.
On where he was watching… We’re at my house, I live in Tecumseh, Michigan and with my mom, my dad and my girlfriend. We were just watching on the TV and trying to keep busy so we didn’t get a little too nervous or anything, but when it finally popped up, we all were overcome with joy, so it was a great feeling.
[Lots of hugs, I bet]. Yes, lots of hugs.
On how he would describe himself as a player… I’m a good skating defenseman, good puck mover. I’m really good with the puck and I have really great vision. I’m really good when I get into the offensive zone and making that first pass out of our D zone.
On areas he feels he needs to improve before reaching the NHL… Things I could work on are my weight and getting stronger and being at that physical I need to be at to play in the NHL, so those would be things that I need to work on.
On how his season went with the Lone Star Brahmas, being named NAHL Defenseman of the Year… I had a great year. I had a great team and great coaches as well. My defensive coach [Jeff Potter] was great and my head coach [Dan Wildfong] was great, and they really got me into the league and made me feel comfortable right off the get-go, so I had a lot of confidence and as the year went on, I kept progressively getting better and better and it was a great time down there in Texas. I had a great year.
On the next chapter in his career heading to Ferris State… I’m excited to go to Ferris. They do a great job with developing D. Just working on getting stronger, getting in the weight room and adding those extra pounds, and I’m sure that will come in the next year or two and be at that level that I need to be at to hopefully play in the pro game.
On his familiarity with Boston… Yeah, I talked to Mr. Sullivan [Bruins Scout Keith Sullivan] I believe it was in December and I knew that they had come watch me play a couple of times so I knew that they were interested. I knew that they were a team that could be a possibility that could be picking me and I’ve always watched hockey and my dad used to be a Bruins fan growing up when he was little [he grew up in Ottawa and was a big Bobby Orr fan], so it’s a great feeling. Boston’s an Original Six franchise. It’s very special, for sure.
On who he models his game after, and looks to as a role model… Someone I think I model my game after maybe it John Carlson from the Washington Capitals. I think he’s a great offensive defenseman that plays well in the D zone. For role model, it’s my dad - he played pro hockey ranks and he just always believed in me and was the support that I needed to get to where I am today, so that’s my biggest role model.
BOSTON BRUINS DRAFT PICK OSKAR STEEN (6TH ROUND, NO. 165) On how it feels to get drafted… It’s really fun to be drafted. I always been dreaming about that and I’m really like excited now and [?] to be drafted by Boston Bruins, it’s nice club and yeah it’s really fun.
On how much he knew about Boston before today… Not so much. I watched some games on TV but not so much.
On if he talked to Bruins management before the draft… I personally have not talked to scouts or something. I think my agent maybe have talked to someone. But I haven’t been in contact with someone in Bruins.
On if he was surprised… I was a little bit surprised that I was taken by a team I haven’t spoke with. So it was, yeah. I wasn’t really expecting that but it was fun and nice team, so I’m happy to be drafted by Boston.
On what his expectations were… It was mixed feelings. I feel like four, five, six rounds or something, seventh round there. So you can never know where you go. It was just fun to be drafted now and I look forward to camp to Boston.
On how he would describe his game… Very good team player, who can play an offensive game and a defensive game. So I’m a two way player who can play both winger and center. So I think that’s my strength, I can play sort of much rules, yeah. So yeah and I have really good passing and my shot is okay. And I think my playmaking and yeah, playmaking is my biggest positive [?].
On what he does now… Here in Karlstad we have no ice so we practice off ice just now. So we run and do strength like yeah. That’s the only we do now in Karlstad.
On if he’s heard about when he’ll come to Boston… No, no I haven’t spoken to someone yet. So I don’t know, I don’t know.