A lot of people hate seeing September roll around, but not me. The weather gets a little cooler and cities get quieter as kids head back to school, just as we head back to the rink.
I’m in Penticton now for the 2015 Young Stars Tournament (my third tourney); before this I was in Vancouver for about a month working out with a lot of the Canucks I’ll be sharing the ice with for the next three games.
The Young Stars action kicks off Friday night and we face the Oilers in our first game, which I’m sure you know. It seems there’s a new Oilers prospect that is drawing some attention, I think his name is Connor McDavid? I’m playing. Connor and I go way back, we attended PEAC School for Elite Athletes, a private sports academy in North York, together. We also played against each other many times in the OHL. He’s a great guy and certainly under the microscope, but he’s handling it all really well.
We’ve got our work cut out for us playing McDavid and a good Oilers team tonight. That being said, we’ll be playing him very hard, he’ll have to earn everything he gets.
I’m getting excited just thinking about puck drop tonight. I haven’t played a meaningful game since last April, so I’m pumped to get out there. I didn’t vacation my summer away, I was training and working out harder than ever so that I can make the most of Young Stars and again show what I’ve got at Canucks main camp. This is my first opportunity this season to make an impression on all the Canucks staff; it’s a new year with a clean sheet. That’s exciting.
I don’t usually take a pre-game nap, but I’m feeling a little tired, so that’s all for today. I’ll blog every day during Young Stars so if you have any questions, let me know.
Oh and Dmitry Zhukenov says hi. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Dmitry, he’s the Russian prospect the Canucks drafted this year and we became great friends during Prospects Development Camp this summer. As you may recall his English wasn’t great at the time, but he’s since taken some lessons and he’s gotten a lot better. He’s more confident with his English, he’s real talkative and he’s even starting to chirp me! What a guy.