WILMINGTON, MA – Seth Griffith figured he would be suiting up at a rookie camp during the summer with an NHL organization - he just thought it would be last year.
Over 200 young prospects were selected at last year’s NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota, but the London Knights forward never got his name called.
This year, Griffith waited until pick no. 131 to receive a phone call from the Boston Bruins and the experience has spurred him to work even harder on the ice.
“I think motivation last year was not getting drafted,” said Griffith. “So, this summer, I’m just going to use as motivation that the Bruins made a good choice in picking me and I’m going to try to prove every other team wrong that didn’t pick me.”
The motivation from last year certainly pushed Griffith to another level, as he finished third in the Ontario Hockey League in goals (45) and ninth in points (85).
“Maybe we should have drafted him last year if he was gonna go and have that many goals,” noted Assistant GM Don Sweeney during Bruins Development Camp last week.
“Those types of goals at the OHL level I think speak volumes for that type of player that he is,” explained Sweeney. “Hopefully he can go and do that as he moves forward to play against stronger players.”
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound native of Wallaceburg, Ontario is the first to admit that he needs to add more bulk in order to keep producing at the NHL level.
“I think definitely it’s just getting stronger,” Griffith said when asked about what he needs to improve in the coming seasons. “Obviously I’m not 6’3 like a lot of these guys in here, so you definitely have to be strong on your feet.”
Last week in Wilmington, Griffith showed that he has the desire and work ethic to continue improving his game.
Fans surely noted that the number 83 was the last skater off the ice several times during Development Camp, but for Griffith, that kind of commitment is just a natural part of his game.
“I believe as long as you’re working hard, good things will happen,” he said. “That’s just how I’ve been my whole life and I think I’ll do it until the day I stop playing.”