Where are you during the off-season?
John, Kitchener, Ont.
Most of them I’ve spent home in Denmark. This year I spent six weeks at home with my family and then came back to Pheonix to start working out.
Are you disappointed that Denmark will not be a part of hockey in the 2010 Olympics?
Connor Pleban, St. Louis, Mo.
Of course you want to be in it, but I didn’t have a chance to participate. Yeah it’s big and it would be so much fun. But I was focused on doing a really good job with Phoenix. I know all the guys did their best and just it didn’t happen for them.
Who is the most intimidating player to play against in the NHL?
Jonathan Wassenaar, Wainfleet, Ont.
Probably Ryan Getzlaf. He’s so big and strong and can skate and shoot and score goals. When he’s at his best, he’s probably a top-three player in the league.
Who is the most superstitious player in the locker room? Do you have any rituals?
Adrian Burger, Ottawa
Everyone has their own things they do, including myself. I have some superstitions, but nothing too specific. I always put my left skate on before the right, so there’s one.
Who was your favorite player growing up?
Caleb Chalels Palmateer, Bancroft, Ont.
Marian Gaborik. His speed and skating ability caught my eye and I tried to model my game after him. He’s an unbelievable goal scorer, he really knows how to put the puck in the net. After spending a year in Phoenix, now it’s probably Shane Doan. Just seeing what a wonderful guy and tremendous captain he is.
What challenges face a Danish player who wants to get to the NHL?
Glen Cuthbert, Hamilton, Ont.
When I was younger, we’d go to Sweden and play tournaments there and that would be the big challenge. But when I was 15, I moved to Sweden and looked for my own battles. After two years there, I moved to Kitchener and played with unbelievable teammates under (now Florida) coach Peter DeBoer. Then coming (to Phoenix) it was even more amazing just to make the team and have the older guys in the room to help me out. It was a lot of fun.
What was your favorite part of playing for the Kitchener Rangers?
Robert Costa, Windsor, Ont.
The most amazing thing was how we worked together as a team. Nobody disliked anyone, we were all friends and hung out off the ice.
How did you feel playing your first NHL game?
Rafal Ladysz, Windsor, Ont.
It just went by so fast. Sitting on the bench looking at the fans and then…here we go. It was unbelievable, an amazing feeling. It was just so much fun to fulfill the dream after dreaming about it your whole life.
What is the toughest part of being an NHL rookie?
Greg Sawatsky, Stoney Creek, Ont.
You don’t know what to expect in some situations and it’s hard to know what to do. That’s why it was important that I had the veterans to help teach me.
What is it like being part of the Coyotes with their future unknown?
Taylor Zajdlik, Cloyne, Ont.
I should probably pay more attention than I really do; I just try to work at becoming a better player. I don’t read much about it. When I’m at the rink I ask questions and hear what they have to say.
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