Wilmington, MA –
After turning heads in the 2009-10 preseason, Max Sauve
comes into rookie camp looking to top his performance from last September and make an impression with the big-league club.
“I feel great,” Sauve said. “I fe
el like I want to make something here and I want to prove something and be better than last year.”
Sauve, who spent his summer training on the ice and in the gym twice a day, feels he is completely recovered from a right ankle injury he suffered during his junior season.
“I don’t think about that," said Sauve. "I just go forward. If something is going to happen with my ankle, it’s going to happen, but I feel good, I feel great on the ice.
“I’m a hundred percent now.”
Although the ankle injury did sideline him for a portion of 2009-10, Sauve was able to showcase his skill and toughness in his first professional appearance with Providence Bruins at the end of last season.
“I played winger in Providence with [Joe] Colborne in center and we played [well together],” Sauve explained. “It’s given me some confidence, so now I know the game and how it is.
"I know the speed and some things like that.”
This season, however, Sauve said he faces some stiff competition at rookie camp.
“For sure, it’s better than last year and it’s got more pressure. The guys are more skilled.”
But the forward, who missed the chance to meet some of the other youngsters in the Bruins system at development camp due to his injury, is not letting anything hold him back.
“I didn’t see those guys in the summer and I don’t know those guys, so I just go out there and do my job,” Sauve said.
“I’m going to pick up from last year and going to do better. That’s my plan.”---Ashley Robbins