You may have seen a tweet on Tuesday from Michael Russo, the Minnesota Wild beat reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
He had a chance to chat with Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, who apparently liked what he saw from former Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs defenseman Carson Soucy during the first of two prospect scrimmages at the 2017 Minnesota Wild Development Camp. Soucy had a goal during the Tuesday scrimmage.
According to Russo, Boudreau was watching players he could be coaching next season. Soucy is in that group now after graduating from UMD in the spring and signing a two-year entry level contract. Soucy then played three games with the Iowa Wild at the end of the AHL regular season.
I had a chance to talk with Soucy by phone prior to the scrimmage, looking mostly for insight on his former UMD teammate, Avery Peterson (Read that feature here). In it, I gained some insight on Soucy’s mindset this week as well.
Now a professional hockey player, he’s all business this week. He’s trying to impress his employer to the fullest and isn’t taking his fifth development camp with the Wild lightly.
“You just want to come here and get better and show them you’re still willing to work — keep that good impression going,” Soucy said.
He had similar business-like advice for players like Peterson and incoming Bulldog freshman forward Nick Swaney. He said the biggest thing players like Peterson and Swaney can take out of this week is the consistency it takes to compete at this level against some of the sport’s best.
“Going against some of these guys, it’s people you’ll be competing against and going to have to be better than eventually,” Soucy said. “You want to take that going into college and know you need to work on your game and just try to improve.”
More from Wild development camp:
- Soucy is part of Team White this week, so when the defensemen and forwards do come together he gets to work with Swaney, who was taken in the seventh round by the Wild in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Here are his early impressions of the 19-year-old: “He’s looks like a strong player out there. He looks like a good skater. … It will be exciting for the UMD program when he gets there because he’s a good player.”
- Swaney is one of five from Lakeville, Minn. as this week’s Wild development camp. When he went No. 209 overall last month, he became the first player out of Lakeville South High School to ever get drafted in the NHL. Read more over at the Minnesota Wild’s official website.
- If you couldn’t make it down to see Soucy, Peterson and Swaney at Tuesday’s prospect scrimmage, there will be another at 5 p.m. Thursday at Xcel Energy Center that is free and open to the public. A block party will follow outside the X, featuring Wild players and prospects who attended the camp.
Photo credit: Minnesota Wild/Katlyn Gambill