Joining his teammates on Monday, Arizona Coyotes forward Barrett Hayton pleasantly surprised his coach.
“He exceeded my expectations. I found it very good, ”said Rick Tocchet to his training website.
“I like it,” he added. I expected him to catch his breath and be a bit tired, since he hasn’t been on the ice much lately. But it was not. It’s very positive. ”
The reasons for Hayton’s late arrival at the “Yotes” training camp remain unclear. The organization simply said its skater was “not available”.
Never mind, the hockey player feels attacked for his second professional campaign.
“I feel good about my body,” said Hayton. I feel strong. I feel fast. I made a few adjustments and went overboard in the offseason and it really paid off. ”
A visit to Finland
Moreover, the fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft took advantage of the inactivity of the National Hockey League (NHL) this fall to participate in a few games in the best league in Finland.
“When I got there, they had already played ten games. They were therefore at full speed. To have been able to jump on the train, get back in shape and have that experience was really beneficial, ”said Hayton.
In eight games with the Tampere Ilves, the center has amassed four assists.
This experience is in addition to all those he had last year. In 2019-2020, Hayton won the gold medal with Junior Team Canada, where he was captain, played 20 games in the NHL and had a short stint in the American League.
The Ontario native has every intention of using his luggage to make his mark in the future.
“Since I was drafted, I break down my game, he analyzed. I’m trying to figure out what to work on and how to balance it all out, in order to become the player I want to be and have an impact. I just want to be an impact player. ”