I missed this story from the Manchester Monarchs site from a couple weeks ago, but it’s well worth a read so here it is…
Defenseman Nick Deslauriers just finished his rookie season with the Manchester Monarchs and it can be said that he flew under the radar a bit as he found his professional legs.
“I think you have to act like a pro and when it is time to take care of your stuff then you have to do it,” said Deslauriers. “You do not need anyone to push you anymore. You have to eat well and train hard. I do not even think about it. But just being one year in as a professional, it helps you a lot (going into next season). I think your mindset should be that if you act like a pro and think like a pro then basically it will come (naturally). That is the main point I learned from last season.”
“He is a great athlete first and foremost,” said [Head Coach Mark]Morris. “I think he benefited from seeing a lot of quality ice time last year. His decision making and choices that he made as the season progressed were vastly improved from the early going when he was more inclined to take the puck coast-to-coast. But he is distributing the puck extremely well now and he has tremendous skating ability. He is starting to see the ice better and to move the puck where it needs to go at the right time.”
There’s plenty more in this feature here.
Thanks for stopping by! -PA