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A minimum of Owen Energy knew his approach round throughout his first NHL apply.
Energy, drafted first total by the Buffalo Sabres final yr, skated along with his new teammates on the Maple Leafs’ apply facility, the Ford Efficiency Centre, on Monday.
“I grew up on this constructing, so it was type of like being residence,” mentioned the 19-year-old defenceman, who performed minor hockey there with the Mississauga Reps.
Energy, who will make his NHL debut towards Auston Matthews and the Leafs on Tuesday evening, towered over a throng of media — from either side of the border — in one of many smallish dressing rooms he utilized in his minor hockey days. About six-foot-eight in skates, he fielded questions in entrance of a Sabres brand.
“I’m type of coming in with no expectations. Simply work onerous and have enjoyable,” he mentioned.
He gained’t be capable to keep away from expectations for lengthy, nevertheless, on a Sabres membership that may miss the playoffs for the eleventh consecutive season. The phrase saviour got here up in reference to the defenceman — probably a generational expertise — who has performed for the College of Michigan and for Canada on the Olympics and world championship up to now calendar yr.
Sabres head coach Don Granato tried to defuse the hype, including that it’ll assist Energy to be round fellow defenceman Rasmus Dahlin, who was drafted No. 1 in 2018, in addition to forwards Alex Tuch (18th in 2014) and Peyton Krebs (seventeenth in 2019) from the Jack Eichel commerce with Las Vegas.
“No, no person right here is,” Granato mentioned of the concept that one participant would possibly save the franchise. “We spoke once we traded for and purchased Alex Tuch, and Peyton Krebs … no person’s a saviour. This group goes to do it collectively, and so they’re constructing collectively.
“You’ll be able to see the camaraderie and the fervour they’ve for one another, and placing that jersey on. You noticed the stick banging when Owen went in there, and also you see 20 guys immersing themselves within the second and nothing else. We really feel we have now lots of younger expertise at this level, and for us coaches every day is getting higher and higher.”
Energy’s mother and father, Zee and Trish, had been proud onlookers at apply.
“It’s been such a whirlwind … it’s great to see him right here,” dad Zee mentioned. “I’d say we’re extra nervous than he’s proper now. He’s anxious to get there, anxious to play his first sport, and I’m positive he can be nervous. Proper now he doesn’t appear too nervous about it, however his butterflies will come (Tuesday).”
Granato plans to pair Energy with defenceman Henri Jokiharju, calling it “the correct persona match.” The coach additionally expects Energy to be taught lots from Dahlin’s experiences after he was drafted first.
“Enormous impression for me,” Granato mentioned. “To have anyone who was chosen No. 1 total, and the unrealistic expectations heaped on a man simply to create one thing to speak about, each little mistake. And Rasmus has finished a tremendous job with that. We now have plenty of guys excited Owen is right here, however I believe once you take a look at (Dahlin’s) sport, he has plenty of expertise to share.”
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