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Seth Ambroz talks Combine, NHL Draft and college

by Seth Ambroz /
Seth Ambroz is a right wing for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound Ambroz, committed to the University of Minnesota next fall, was just 15-years-old when he burst upon the USHL scene as a rookie in 2008-09. In 56 games this season, Ambroz led Omaha with 24 goals, 46 points and 222 shots. The New Prague, Minn., native was rated No. 31 on NHL Central Scouting's final release of North American skaters in April. In 172 games spanning three seasons with the Lancers, Ambroz compiled 60 goals, 126 points, 295 penalty minutes and 535 shots (three shots per game). A participant of the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G Series in August, Ambroz has offered to maintain a monthly blog for that will chronicle his season leading up to the NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minn.

Hi everyone. Ever since our season ended with a playoff loss to Sioux Falls, I've been training at the University of Minnesota to prepare for the NHL Combine (May 30-June 4). I think it will be a real fun experience. It will be fun to talk to all the scouts and talk to all the GMs and then, as far as the training goes, show them what you've got and enjoy the moment. I've heard stories (regarding the bike tests) that haven't been too positive, but it'll be fun to see what happens. I'm not too worried about it. I'm just going to go there and give them all I've got -- if you throw up,
you throw up … I guess.

I've been in training for three weeks now, entering my fourth week. I'm not too worried, and hopefully I do really well. Most of all, I just want to enjoy it and have fun.

As far as my season goes, I thought I had a good year and thought I learned a lot again. I can't complain; we didn't have the highest scoring team this year but I think all around, it was a good year. I thought I became that guy that players looked up to as a leader and that was a big part of my development and while it was disappointing with the way we went out, it is what it is. I wish we would have put up more of a fight. You just have to move on and hopefully, you keep doing well from here.

The plan right now is to go to the U (University of Minnesota) in the fall. I'm all set for that and things will push along next year.

There's a lot of excitement about the upcoming Draft. It's a lot of fun to be a part of and whether it's early or later, it'll obviously be an honor to be drafted. It's not about now, it's about what you do afterwards, so right now I'm having fun and I know the experience will be good.

Obviously, you would like to be drafted as high as possible … that's always a good thing. But afterwards, you're still a part of a team and then it's all about what you do from there. I'm not too worried. Whenever my name is called, it's called, and I'll go with it, develop and, hopefully, make a good career out of it. You have to stay positive about things. When the final (Central Scouting) rankings came out, it was a little frustrating (dropping three slots to No. 31) but I've learned to not pay attention to any of that and it's been working well. I'm just excited to be one of the top prospects.

I know it's possible a general manager or scout may ask me why they should draft me during the interviewing stage of the Combine. If they ask, I'm going to tell them that I'm a power forward who is willing to do all the little things and willing to go to the tough spot to get any type of job done. I'm willing to step up to any challenges and I feel I'd be able to do it. I'm a hard worker and I keep a positive frame of mind on and off the ice.

Finally, I had a great time in my three seasons in the USHL. Even off ice as well, it was fun to be around the guys, the coaches, and meet new people. While you're getting better developing as a player, you're also maturing a lot more and that helped me a lot as a player and a person.
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