Pool Quotes From Bruins Draft Picks Cameron Hughes And Jack Becker
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CAMERON HUGHES ON BEING DRAFTED BY THE BOSTON BRUINS…
On his emotions after finding out he had been drafted by Boston… It was the coolest thing. I was with some of my teammates, and we were just hanging out, and they were all congratulating me, and it was one of the coolest things that’s ever happened in my life.
On the way he found out he had been drafted by Boston… I had a couple of teammates back home who texted me right away — they were watching. And we were watching on the boat, kind of just relaxing, so it was just through texts.
On whether he had an indication the Bruins were interested in him… A little bit. I talked to a former captain at Wisconsin [and Bruins prospect], Frankie Simonelli, and he had said that the Bruins had asked about myself and he said a little bit, but other than that, not really.
On whether he has communicated with Frankie Simonelli since being drafted… Not really, no. He was in town this weekend — it was an alumni event, so I talked to him yesterday for a little bit and he just said to just let it unfold, and just kind of go with the flow, so I’ll probably talk to him in the coming days.
On what the Bruins can expect of him as a player… I like to think of myself as a two-way forward — a player that can make plays in all three zones and is reliable in the D-zone but likes to create a lot of plays in the offensive zone. I’m probably a pass-first guy, but I’m not afraid to throw the puck on net either, so I try to do a little bit of everything and kind of try to be a complete player.
On whether his style fits in with the Bruins’ philosophy… Yeah, I think down the road — I got a lot of work, obviously to do — the road is long, but I think I could play in a Bruins style, and that would probably be one of the coolest things in the world, too. So a lot of work to go yet, but definitely a team that I think I can mold into.
On the challenges he faced during his first year of college hockey… Guys are a lot bigger and stronger. You’re playing against guys that are 23 years old and almost fully mature men, so it’s a lot different than junior. There’s stuff that you can’t get away with, but I think coming into the big class, we struggled a bit and had kind of a tough year, but I think we all learned so much, and I know personally I learned so much in the first week I was there. It was an amazing experience. I think going forward — as a group and individually — we’ll be so much better for it, and it’ll work out.
On the ways he has improved in the last year… Probably in my decision-making with the puck. Everything happens so much faster, and you’ve got to know what you’re doing with the puck, like, bam bam bam. So I think the little plays that in junior maybe you’d hang onto it for a split second longer, you don’t do in college. So I think knowing where that next pass is going before I get it is probably one of the ways I’ve improved the most.
On the areas in which he would most like to improve… I obviously need to get stronger. I think that’s one of the biggest things, and why I chose the University of Wisconsin — I’ll be able to train during the summer and during the year to get physically mature. I’ve got to work on my shot and my release so that when I do get a shot, I can kind of be like a one-shot shooter. It’s kind of just quickness and stuff, too; there’s a lot of things players need to improve on, so the work’s head of me, but I’m willing to do it.
On the NHL player he tries to model his game after… Yeah, my favorite player and the guy I watch probably the most is Jonathan Toews in Chicago. They play a lot of his games in Madison here on TV, and my roommate is a really big Chicago fan. He’s from Chicago, so we watch all their games and I love watching Jonathan Toews, so he’s probably the guy.
On whether he plans to attend Boston’s development camp… Yeah, absolutely. I’ve got to figure out how that all works, but I’d love to. I’ve been to Boston once on a school trip, and it was unbelievable. My dad came, and we went to a Red Sox game and the whole deal. So I’m excited to get down there as soon as possible.
JACK BECKER ON BEING DRAFTED BY THE BOSTON BRUINS… On the emotions upon finding out he had been drafted by Boston… I mean, I was just so happy. It was like a dream come true, and just relieved and really excited. This is just the beginning, and long journey ahead, and I’m just motivated now. I’m just excited and ready to get to work.
On the way he found out he had been drafted… Well, first, my advisor called me, and then Mike McGraw, one of the scouts for the Bruins called me, and I also talked to the general manager, Don Sweeney.
On whether he knew the Bruins were interested in him… Yeah, I had a meeting with Mike McGraw, one of the scouts in my area, and it went really well. I thought I portrayed myself like just how I am, and I think that both sides — I was just really happy about Boston. It’s a first-class organization, and I think that they think I can become a great player in the NHL, so I felt good with the Bruins and they selected me.
On what the Bruins can expect from him as a player… I’m more of a power forward/center. I get the puck to the net and make plays. I play 200 feet, so a two-way forward; I play [defense] and just make a lot of plays, smart plays, and I see the ice well.
On whether his style of play fits in with the Bruins’ philosophy… Yeah, I mean, the Bruins play hard and I just think I can fit in with any team, and especially the Bruins. I think my style fits well. Everyone needs a power forward type guy, and I think I can be that guy for the Bruins, so I’m excited for it.
On his brief experience playing in the USHL this past season… It was a lot of fun. The guys there are really skilled, and I think it’s a great development league for me to develop my skills against better competition. In the two games I played there, I thought I fit in well, and this year, I’m looking to make an impact there.
On the areas of his game he would most like to improve… I’m really trying to just fill out my body right now. I’m 6’3”, 190, so I can add some more muscle mass and just continue working on my skating and my explosiveness, my quick steps with my skating, so I think that will really help me.
On the NHL player he models his game after… I really look up to Blake Wheeler on the Winnipeg Jets. He’s a Minnesota kid, and a big, 6’5” player, and I just admire how he plays the game and just always looked up to him.
On whether he thinks he will attend Boston’s development camp… Yes. I will.