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2017 Draft diary: Nicolas Hague

Defenseman on Mississauga's struggles, holiday plans

by Nicolas Hague / Special to NHL.com

Nicolas Hague, an A-rated defenseman on NHL Central Scouting's players to watch list for the 2017 NHL Draft, is in his second season with Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League. Hague enters the weekend tied for second among OHL defensemen with eight goals and four power-play goals, and is 13th with 17 points. The 6-foot-5, 206-pound left-shot defenseman has offered to maintain a monthly draft diary for NHL.com leading up to the 2017 draft in Chicago. His December blog comes prior to games against Peterborough on Friday and Ottawa on Sunday.

Hello hockey fans,

We're struggling a bit right now as a team (last place in the OHL). We're not anywhere close to where we wanted to be, but overall the guys have stayed positive in the room and we really are trying to get out of this, trying to get on a winning streak. We've been so close in all our losses. Five of our past seven losses have been by two or fewer goals. We're right there in almost all the games. I know we've had long talks as a team with the coaching staff and nobody can really pinpoint what the problem is, but we just have to keep working hard. If we keep working hard we're going to get a bounce and maybe we'll win one of those games by a goal. That could help bring a turnaround to our season.

It's definitely frustrating for everyone in the room when we're not getting the results we expect from ourselves. But we had a players-only meeting the other day and I thought it went well. I thought it was beneficial. I guess we'll see with the way we play and respond from here, but right now we're just trying to find anything to get back on the right page. We're trying to really keep our heads in it and keep pushing in the right direction, because if we keep doing the right things it'll eventually turn around.

I'm a guy who wants to win more than anyone; maybe I'm sometimes guilty of doing too much and sometimes I have to remind myself to kind of bring it back and keep it simple, do what I do best. That's something the coaching staff reminds all of us. I think every player has the switch where they kind of think they need to be that much better to help the team turn it around. But really when I get back to the bench I just have to keep reminding myself to chill a little bit and do what I do best because that's what will help our team.

Our last game before Christmas break is Dec. 18. At that time most players go home. I go home and spend time with family and friends. I don't usually go to the rink, but take four or five days to relax and get my mind away from hockey. That's the approach I took last year and I plan on doing it again this year.

Since I won't post again until January, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Until next month!

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