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Janis Moser: 'Every Day You Learn'

Development camp update with Coyotes 2021 second-round pick

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

Hockey season is unofficially, officially underway with the start of 2021 prospect development camp at Gila River Arena. Thirty-four players are attending the camp, which runs September 9-13 and is capped off with an intrasquad scrimmage Monday, 6 p.m.

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Janis Moser was selected by the Coyotes in the second round of the 2021 draft. after completing his third full season in Switzerland's top-tier, professional hockey league.

Moser, 21, had a quick turnaround, after his lengthy trip from his hometown of Biel.

"I came in last Saturday," Moser said. "I skated in some training groups at the Ice Den with some of the AHL guys right away. It was a good way to meet some other players. I've been getting to know a lot of new guys here at camp. It's pretty fun; everything is new. Every day you learn, not just one thing, but a couple of new things, and that is very good."

The defenseman is getting acclimated to the smaller, North American ice sheet from the larger, Olympic-size European surfaces. 

"It's my first couple of times on the small ice," Moser said. "The dimensions are a little bit different, so everything changes. It's quicker, the angles are different, and there are a lot of things you have to adapt to. But it's getting better and better."

The following Q&A is from a one-on-one with Moser during development camp: 

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What are your first impressions of Arizona?

"Well, it's not that cold. It's pretty hot. But I guess you get used to it. It's great when you come outside after a practice and it's really warm. That's a good side. You just have to make sure you drink enough (water). That's maybe a little bit of an adaptation (for me). I haven't seen too much, but everything I saw, I liked."

What is your other big interest outside of hockey?

"All different kinds of sports. I'm really interested in American football, and baseball, sometimes. In Switzerland, I'd spend a lot of time with my friends playing different sports, being outside. I also like to learn a lot by reading books. I just like to learn new things."

If you were to play another sport, what would it be, and what position? 

Well, growing up, I played a little soccer and I played a little tennis. I like to play table tennis. So, maybe I'd say table tennis. That would be fun. 

Do you look up to any past or present athletes?

"There are a lot of athletes. In hockey, it's Roman Josi, a Swiss defenseman. It almost has to be him. I really admire the mindset of (MMA's) Conor McGregor, even though he is talking a lot of sh*t. But I still love his confidence and mindset. Also, as a Swiss guy, I have to mention Roger Federer. He's an example of perfection. Just how he treats his body, how he acts in situations with the media, or in pressure situations. And then Tom Brady. Just the winning attitude. There are a lot of guys."

What is the best piece of advice you've received? 

"The best advice is to just do whatever makes you happy, to have fun. The rest doesn't really matter." 

Before you step on the ice, what do you do to prepare mentally?

"I don't like to have one thing that I have to do because there's always going to be a situation where you cannot do (that thing), and I don't want to depend on that. Generally, it's just to feel good with certain exercises in warm-ups, to get the system going, to get the brain, the eyes, and the body going, and get a good feeling and feel ready for the ice." 

Do you have a favorite movie?

"There are really a lot of good movies. If I'd have to pick one, maybe it's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. There really are a lot of awesome movies, but I like comedies more."

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