Nick Robertson returns for his second season with the Peterborough Petes after being a first round pick by the club in 2017.
The 2019 NHL Draft prospect scored 15 goals and 33 points in 62 games during his rookie campaign and represented Team USA at the Under-18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August.
Robertson took time during Petes Training Camp to answer some questions and share his outlook on the season ahead.
You scored 15 goals as a rookie and had a busy summer playing for the United States at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Has the past experience prepared you to make an impact in your draft year?
“Yeah definitely, I mean, getting a lot of confidence from the Hlinka tournament and playing in front of the big crowds there. It’s a big, heavily scouted tournament there, so it’s great to build confidence. I thought I had a pretty good tournament too and just want to bring that to the team this season.”
Growing up with a talented older brother must’ve been a good example for you. How much as Jason inspired your love for the game and what’s it like competing against him?
“It’s an amazing feeling, I mean, not many brothers get to play against each other, especially in the OHL. We played against them eight times last year and it was a great feeling. We have the same goals, same mentality, we’re really close, and it’s always great to catch up with him when we play.”
Being a smaller player at 5-foot-8, what things do you have to do to have success against bigger opponents?
“I just use my quickness and my hockey IQ as an advantage. The bigger guys have the reach and size, but for me to get away from them I just have to use my quickness and smarts to get out of situations.”
There’s a new coach in town. What’s been your first impression of Rob Wilson and what words best describe his approach through training camp?
“He’s very strict and very structured which is what our team needs but he’s also a very approachable guy. I think he brings a lot of experience and a pro mentality to the organization which is what we need.”
The Petes missed out on the playoffs last year. Where does the team need to improve most to get back into the postseason?
“I think we just need to be more consistent and bring more of a working hard mentality. I think if we do that, and just be positive, we can battle through the ups and downs. I definitely think we can be a contender with the new additions that we have.”
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