It's a different experience this year than it has been the past two years. Obviously, I'm a part of the Sabres organization now and I won't be going back to college after development camp. It's a nice feeling, but at the same time, I miss college a little bit too. Those were probably three of the best years of my life at Providence.
The emotions were a little high in the room after we lost in the semifinals, especially for us juniors since it was our third time in the NCAA tournament and we weren't able to win a title. That was the first time in the Frozen Four for a lot of us.
It was a good experience, but those next two days were pretty busy. In the postgame press conference in Buffalo, I got asked a lot of questions about if I was leaving. I took the next week to think about things and I had good conversations with the staff here at the Sabres and the staff at Providence. There were good reasons for both sides, but at the end, it was up to me.
If everyone stayed at Providence, I think we could've had a really good shot at a national championship next season. That was a big factor.
But I came to my decision and I think going pro was the best idea for my development. I'm glad I'm here now.
Those first two weeks with the Amerks in the spring went by pretty fast. It was a quick turnaround. I just finished the Frozen Four. I thought it was a good idea to go to Rochester and get a head start on the pro lifestyle.
I lived with Casey Fitzgerald in the hotel and we were able to go to the rink every day and be pros. Being around those guys and the veteran group they had was good. I learned a lot of stuff and I'm excited to take that into next year. I was able to finish my exams after that as well, so it was a successful three-week period.
Obviously, my goal is to play for the Sabres. We have a great group of young defensemen, but with some of the injuries, it should be a good opportunity for me when it comes to the start of the season. I'm going to keep working hard at development camp, go back home during the summer and then come for training camp ready to go.