GLENDALE - Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder skated with teammates for the first time this season on Wednesday morning after his arrival at training camp was delayed because of a work visa issue.
"It's a little painful but it has to be done," Rieder told reporters regarding how he waited in Calgary for nearly a week for official approval to enter the United States. "I'm really happy to be here."
Rieder signed a two-year contract with the Coyotes on Oct. 4. On Wednesday, the 23-year-old left wing skated on a line with center Christian Dvorak and right wing Anthony Duclair.
"Wherever they need me, I can play," Rieder said. "I can play on the power play, the penalty kill, wherever they need me. I guess we'll see as the season goes on."
Rieder's equipment arrived in Arizona before he did, so his skate on Wednesday was his first in a while. This after playing at the recent World Cup of Hockey and at Olympic qualifying for Team Germany before that.
"Obviously you're a little rusty when you're not skating for four days, but I've already played 15 competitive games so far, so it just takes a couple practices and you're right back at it. I don't see a problem there."
Rieder followed Arizona's training camp and preseason games from afar as his agent and the Coyotes negotiated his new contract.
"I'm really excited," Rieder said. "There's lots of young guys here and good veteran guys here, so I think we have a good mix, and I'm really excited for this season and to see how much damage we can do."
After just one hour of practice, Rieder liked the team's on-ice energy and speed.
"We saw it a little bit at the beginning of last season," Rieder said. "We came out of the gates and we had lots of energy and now with even more young guys I feel like we have even more energy. I think we've got to build on that and play with that every night."
Rieder played for Team Europe at the World Cup and the club reached the championship series where it lost to Team Canada.
"We had a lot of fun with our team," Rieder said. "We were kind of the underdogs and made it to the final so it was really exciting for us. Everybody there had a blast. It was fun growing together in such a short period of time, and to make it to the final was a big deal."