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Defenseman David Warsofsky Pool Quotes

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

On getting a deal done…

I knew after the season that I was going to be a restricted free agent and at some point would have to start talking, and I think the talks were pretty smooth. I think both sides were on the same page and it’s nice to get it done early in the summer and kind of focus on your training for the rest of the summer, and skating, and getting ready for training camp. So it’s good to get it out of the way and not have to worry about it anymore.

 

On his expectations coming into the 2014-15 season…

I thought I had a really good year last year. I was lucky enough to play a couple of games actually with the Bruins, and I felt comfortable up there, too. So I think going into this year’s training camp, I think that comfort level is going to be even higher and my expectation is to try to make the team out of camp. So that’s what I’m shooting for right now, and that’s what I’m working toward this summer, and that’s what I’m trying to achieve come September.

 

On Bruins management saying it expects him to compete for an NHL roster spot during training camp…

It definitely gives me a little bit of confidence. I think when the management and the coaches say that about you, it pushes you even more. You know that they think you’re capable, and I think I am capable of it also, so I kind of want to go out there and prove them right. And every kid’s dream is to move up from the AHL to the NHL on a regular basis, so that’s what I’m shooting for this year.

 

On whether he feels any pressure as a result of increased expectations…

For me, I think when I have a little bit of pressure on me, I think I definitely play a little bit better then. The pressure builds expectations.

 

On the confidence that comes with the team and management noticing his improvements…

I’ve been with Bruce Cassidy for three years now, so I think in the organization, he probably knows me best out of anyone. And obviously, Sweens [Don Sweeney] comes to a lot of the games — he’s a big influence in Providence. So to hear that from them is definitely comforting, and to know that they have the confidence in me, too, kind of gives me more confidence to play my own game and be myself when I’m out there. 

 

On what he would like to work on coming into camp this year…

I think every year, for me, I think it’s just being consistent. The way I play, I think I need to play my game every night. I can’t really have those off nights, with my size and my strength. I can’t really afford to not be on every night, so being consistent and being responsible in my own end obviously is an important part of the Bruins organization. So I think every year, I come in and I want to improve upon both of those things.

 

 

On playing in six games with the Boston Bruins last season…

I mean, it was awesome. It was an awesome experience for me. Being from Boston and getting to play for my hometown team was unbelievable, and then getting the opportunity to play in the NHL was really special. I think it gave me that confidence, and then when I did go back to Providence, I kind of had that little chip on my shoulder, like I wanted to get back to the NHL, and that’s obviously my dream, is to be in the NHL full time. So to get a little bit of a taste of it, and seeing how the organization does things and how guys play at a professional level, was definitely important for me.

 

On the improvements he made last season…

I think in my own end, I wanted to be really good defensively. I’m obviously not the biggest or strongest guy, so I think my position is really important and I didn’t want to get caught on the wrong side of guys, so I worked on that a lot. And then at the offensive blueline, I tried to work on my game and getting my shot through and creating things down low. It doesn’t always have to be the perfect shot or the perfect pass, but just making things happen up there and getting the puck down low more often and going back and playing defense.

 

On getting closer to potentially being a full-time NHL defenseman…

Yeah, it’s definitely exciting. I think it’s an important year for me, and I want to take advantage of it, but I also know what it takes to be a regular in the NHL, and I think until that point where I can prove myself, that I am, I don’t think I’m going to stop working. I’m going to continue the same work ethic until I am there.

 

On players who share a similar style…

I don’t know if there’s anyone in particular. I think obviously, me and Torey [Krug] are the closest comparison to the way we play, but I think at the same time, we both bring different aspects to the game. So compared to him, I’d probably say we’re the most similar, but I try to play my own game. I don’t think Boston has a defenseman who plays the way I play, and I kind of want to bring that aspect of my game up to the NHL level also.

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