You are such a good offensive defenseman, have you ever tried playing forward?
– Rob Webb, Midland, Ont.
When I was growing up, I would fill in at forward for someone who was sick. That’s how I got use to carrying the puck, but I’d rather stay back.
Who was your first NHL roommate and how was that experience?
– Josh Longstaff, Aylmer, Ont.
Jason Smith. I had a good experience; he was a veteran. It was funny because he would always keep our room freezing. He liked it cold. I would double up on blankets when I went to bed. Great guy, he helped me a lot in my first few weeks.
What advice do you have for handling the puck under pressure?
– Ryen Wightman, Elora, Ont.
Keep calm. Read the play. If you only have one guy on you, try and beat him. If you have two, release it as soon as possible. Just always stay calm.
When you go home after the season is finished, what is the first thing you look forward to doing?
– Sarah Parrott, Stone Mountain, Ga.
I look forward to seeing my family. I go back home. When I’m playing, my parents will come over for one or two months. I like to see my relatives in the summer and train for the next season.
Do you have any tips for improving passing skills?
– Liam Arsenault, Wellington Center, P.E.I.
Keep your passes flat. Don’t try to flip it to your forwards. Keep it simple in the beginning, but later, open up a bit and make a play.
How do you like shooting more on the power play this year?
– Rusty Shackleford, Two-Mountains, Que.
I’m the same (this year). I don’t think I shoot much. I’d rather pass, because the other guy has a better opportunity to score.
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