Damon Severson split his summer between playing at the IIHF World Hockey Tournament for Team Canada and training back home in Kelowna but paid attention to all of the moves Devils General Manager Ray Shero made this summer.
"It was like the summer of Shero almost. It seemed like there was a point there when he was always in action, must have been hitting the phones like crazy this summer. I wouldn't want to see his phone bill, hopefully, he has unlimited because he must have been busy," said Severson. "There's definitely some big additions, some big names some guys who can help us in the immediate future here who can have a big impact on the team. I see skilled guys, who are hard to play against, I've played against most of these guys in the league already so it's going to be a good thing for our team."
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One of those players the Devils acquired that he's played against is defenseman P.K. Subban, a guy who Severson said has a similar winning mindset to him and is someone that can help push the entire team to be better.
"I think he's going to bring the best out of a lot of our guys, a lot of our defenseman, and he's going to push us to be better, which is a good thing. You always want to be getting better every day and I think he's the type of guy who has that mindset of getting better every day and he wants to win, so that's the biggest thing," said Severson. "As a fellow defenseman back there with him I think we have the same mindset, we have to get better every day and we have to win hockey games."
As for Severson and his game this season, he wants to see growth in every area he can.
"Defensively every season I've played here I've gotten a little better so I want to really sharpen up in that area. The offensive side of the game is my natural strength, so I'd like to continue to work at that and get better any way I can. With some of the guys we have up front, I think it's going to make that a little bit easier."