For anyone who hasn't been following the Ottawa Senators player blog recently, I highly recommend you check it out. Prospect defenceman Bryce Aneloski, drafted in the seventh round (196 overall) of the 2010 NHL entry draft, has been blogging just about every day about his experiences at the Sens' prospect development camp, and he's offered some interesting insight into the process.
Aneloski's put together six posts so far on the experience: "A whole new world", "So far, so good", "One for the fans", "We're high on bonding", "Preparing for battle", and "Some fun and games". He talks about everything, from the experience of being drafted (he was at the zoo when it happened, apparently), his St. Louis Blue fandom as a kid, his roomie (Ruslan Bashkirov --not much in the way of conversation, as you might expect), and the general types of activities that the prospects are tasked with at the development camp.
Although it's rare for a seventh-round draft pick to make the NHL, Aneloski seems to have his head in the right place. Considering his huge offensive numbers last season (54P in 60GP with the USHL's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) and the fact that he's heading to the University of Nebraska-Omaha next season, he seems to be doing what he can to increase his chances. Always a good sign. An over-ager already (he's 20 years old), Aneloski's a late bloomer--and will still likely have a few seasons of college hockey before really getting a shot at pro--whether that's AHL or NHL. A long way off, but he's obviously excited about it.
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