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Development Camp Blog: Nathan Smith (Day 1)

Nathan Smith provides a player's perspective of this week's development camp

by Nathan Smith /

Throughout the 2019 Development Camp, Winnipeg Jets prospect Nathan Smith will provide an exclusive look behind the scenes at his experience. Nathan was drafted by the Jets in the third round with the 91st overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. He recently finished up his second successful season with Cedar Rapids Rough Riders of the USHL and is committed to play in the NCAA with the Minnesota State (Mankato) Mavericks next season.

I'm excited to be back in Winnipeg for my second development camp. What makes it even better is that this year, I get to take part in all the on-ice sessions.

I had an ankle injury last year, so I wasn't able to skate with everyone. I still took part in as much as I could off the ice, but I'm looking forward to doing everything this year.

I arrived on Sunday afternoon and will be rooming with Jackson Pierson for the week. It's also nice, with it being my second camp, to see some familiar faces from last year. It was good to catch up with everyone and talk about their seasons.

We got right to work on Monday with fitness testing. It's one of the toughest parts of the week, for sure. We did sprints through some gates on the ice then followed that with the beep test and some workouts in the gym upstairs.

Another thing we did was media training. It's more of a reminder of things we know, but the information is good. Scott Oake from Hockey Night in Canada also spoke with us a bit. It's good to learn those things as we all keep trying to take our careers to the next level.

On Tuesday we get into our first full practice of the week and get to learn more about nutrition and supplements. After all that, I know I'll be looking forward to the team dinner that night.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

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