IRVINE, Calif. -- Brendan Guhle won't turn 22 for another month, but he's quickly become one of the leaders at Ducks development camp. The Edmonton native is as easy going as they come off the ice, but on the ice he's been all business as he sets an example for the rest to follow.
Development camps are nothing new to Guhle, who took part in four of them when he was a member of the Buffalo Sabres organization. But this is his first with the Ducks, and Guhle says he's made himself readily available for anyone with questions.
"It just kind of happens as you get older," Guhle says, on taking on a leadership role at development camp. "They look up to you. You know where you're supposed to go and what you're supposed to do. I remember my first one. I wasn't too sure all the time. Being an older guy definitely helps because you know the ropes a little bit."
Guhle loves giving back, and it shows. "The kids are learning a lot and asking a lot of questions," he says. "We're trying to help them out. If they need to know something, or want to know something, I'm trying to guide them in the right direction."
Development camp isn't all about work, though. Last night the youngsters attended an Angels game and today they're spending time under the sun at the beach. "I'm having a lot of fun," Guhle says with a big smile. "It's great here. I love it."
Guhle says he's no longer bothered by a frustrating oblique injury he suffered late last season. "I feel good now," he says. "It was a long recovery process, a little longer than I would've liked. Feels good now. I just want to be ready for the season."
Later this summer, Guhle will ramp up his offseason training with one goal in mind. "I want to play on the Ducks full time this year," Guhle says. "If they want to put me in San Diego, I'll be open to that, but I'm coming to camp trying to make the team. I want to be a contributor and help us win games, help us get back to the playoffs."