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Development Camp pres by City National Bank Blog: Paul Cotter - Day 5

The fourth round draft pick from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft will be sharing his experience during the Golden Knights development camp.

by Paul Cotter @GoldenKnights /

Camp's over and it feels great.

Last night, we went to Cirque De Soleil at Mandalay Bay to see the Michael Jackson show. That was crazy. Cirque is such a unique experience and I've never seen anything like it. There was this guy on a rope twisting around for like three minutes, I could probably do that for like 10 seconds.

I'm glad we were able to experience a show on The Strip. There are just so many cool, unique things going on, experiences like that in Vegas. Those types of things will be big for us as we go home and tell people about those, along with all the great hockey.

After the show, we headed back to the hotel and I went straight to bed. When I got up this morning, I didn't feel so hot or have an appetite. I was pretty worried with the last scrimmage of the camp just a few hours away. But after a few waters and protein shakes, I was good to go.

The scrimmage went well for me production-wise, even though we got beat pretty bad in the game. I got lucky on one when I was pretty tired at the end of a shift. I whipped the puck around and Dawson DiPietro was there and buried it. Made me look good. It felt like when you're playing NHL and you're hitting the pass button just hoping something happens.

It worked out. Like I was saying the other day, sometimes the bounces go your way and sometimes they don't. The first scrimmage, they weren't going my way, but the second and third were pretty great for me, so I probably have some bad bounces coming my way soon.

I can't express enough how amazing this week was. All the guys here made up a really good group. There wasn't one guy who thought he was too cool and felt he didn't need to try. That means a lot, when everyone is working the same amount. It's such a positive vibe here and that helps so much at the end of the day. I felt like I did a pretty good job as a first-year player here, and I look forward to coming back next year.

Moving forward, I know I have a lot to work on this summer and next season when I hit the ice at Western Michigan.

Everyone here, the trainers, the guys who played in the AHL last year or guys who have a few college seasons under their belts, they all have their own things they're good at. I just want to take one thing back from each guy and try to implement it into my life back at Western.

With my game, every center can work on their defensive zone play, so that's one thing I'll focus on for sure. I also want to increase my explosiveness, more skating power. I'm excited to get to work.

This week was so amazing and the fans made it that much more incredible. I head home tonight on a red eye flight and I can't wait to be back next year. I'll miss Vegas even though I will need to wear a sweater to acclimate to the 85 degree weather back in Michigan.

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