Woll finds comfort level with Maple Leafs
Goalie prospect feels at home during third development campby Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent
TORONTO -- Joseph Woll turns 20 on Thursday, and the goaltender is far more at ease in his third development camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Selected by the Maple Leafs in the third round (No. 62) of the 2016 NHL Draft, Woll has become a veteran at development camp and understands he must continue to display the improvements in his game to coaches and management.
"Definitely it's a level of comfort, but there's still a level where you want to prove what you can do," Woll said. "The biggest thing about development camp for me is about building the relationships with the coaches and players you're hopefully going to play with one day. It's just making sure every year I come to camp and show them what I've learned the previous year."
Woll spent the past two seasons as the starting goalie for Boston College. He went 17-11-2 last season with a 2.48 GAA and a .915 save percentage. As a freshman in 2016-17, he was 17-13-3 with a 2.64 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
"Small things like strength and size, I feel a lot more confident in," Woll said. "The biggest thing is I feel like I'm getting more composed and more relaxed within the game, just that sense of growing older and getting more mature within the game and reading the play better. I feel like in that sense my game has taken a big leap since last year."
Woll (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) said he intends to return to Boston College for his junior season.
"With college, it's nice because you get plenty of time to develop and you have that opportunity to go back," Woll said. "For me, at the end of each year I'm approaching it with an open mind, but obviously I want to make sure I graduate. That's a big thing for me, getting my school done."
Woll has not ruled out turning professional prior to the end of his senior season. But if he ever decided to leave school early he would still be determined to complete his business degree, which he hopes will allow him to remain involved in hockey in a management capacity once his playing days are over.
"It would be pretty cool to eventually be a general manager or something along the lines of business within hockey," Woll said. "A business degree is something you can do pretty much anything with, it's a pretty versatile degree.
"There's a business approach to really anything in life. It's something that would help me stay within hockey. That's the plan. I want as much as I can to stay within the sport throughout my life."