26 July 2011
The following is a conversation I had with Nino Niederreiter during Islanders mini camp.
Q: How were the first couple of days of camp?
A: Itâ€™s definitely been different than last year. Last year I was way nervous and this year itâ€™s getting better. Itâ€™s way easier and I definitely feel comfortable out there.
Q: What were you able to work on in the offseason and in Portland?
A: I definitely work on my skating, that was the biggest adjustment I made. Right after the season I took a two-week power skating camp and I think that went pretty well. I got all the feedback thatâ€™s itâ€™s getting better and its getting there, but definitely have to still work on it.
Q: How much does it mean to you to have the confidence of your head coach?
A: At the end it doesnâ€™t really mean a lot, of course its nice that he said that, but itâ€™s a long way to go and there are so many people and good players up here and I think everyone has a good shot at it. Itâ€™s definitely going to be tough for everyone.
Q: What do you take away from this mini camp experience and bring in September when training camp begins?
A: Itâ€™s always great to get to know some new guys and, like I said, I was way nervous and I didnâ€™t know anybody, I didnâ€™t know the coaching staff. This year I almost know everybody, but still I got to know new people and that was pretty fun.
Q: What has been like to bond with your fellow prospects?
A: Itâ€™s always great, itâ€™s still summer, so itâ€™s way different than during the season, but its great. You get to know the guys way better than just on the ice and fishing was fun and the Mets game was fun.
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