Mattias Samuelsson still gets a call from his father, Kjell, after games with pointers on how he played. It's a unique perspective considering Kjell's resume, which includes nearly 1,000 NHL games between the regular season and playoffs along with two decades of professional coaching.
Sabres interim coach Don Granato believes it's contributed to the mature game exhibited by the 21-year-old defenseman.
"He has a calm to him that's way beyond his years, but if you knew his father you would understand why," Granato said. "He's a player that benefitted from having a father that was a very good NHL player. Also has stayed in the business, he's a scout for Philadelphia currently. I know that helps.
"He's been around the game since he was a kid. He's been in elite-level conversations since he was a kid. This is, you can see, it's pretty second nature for him because he does have a really nice calm to him in the context of a pretty competitive environment."