Eddy eager to join the pro ranks
CALGARY, AB -- It is only mid-way through July but instead of reveling in the warm weather and relaxing in the off-season, forward David Eddy is willing autumn to come quickly.
"It's been a good summer, I've been playing a lot of hockey but I'm excited to get going again."
Eddy, who finished up his tenure at St. Cloud University this spring with 25 points in 39 games, skated in four regular season games with the Abbotsford Heat and practiced alongside the club during the postseason.
"I had a great time and I learned a lot. It was nice to just focus on hockey and learn more about the game and learn from the pro's perspective and the pro coaching staff.
"I really learned a lot there."
Eddy scored his first professional goal in the Heat's last regular season tilt when he was able to slip a rebound past Toronto Marlies netminder Jussi Rynnas. The goalie had kicked Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond's initial shot into the slot, where Eddy had parked himself, and the forward didn't waste any time snapping it into the back of the net.
"It was really good," he said of the tally. "You kind of feel like you got the monkey off your back and it was a relief.
"Hopefully I can get a bunch more next year."
The Flames inked the Woodbury, MN to a two-year, two-way deal on Feb. 20, 2012 after learning he was going to forego his senior year at St. Cloud. General Manager Jay Feaster sees Eddy as a jack-of-all-trades type of player who will be able to contribute to the team in many different ways.
"David is a hard worker who goes to the high-traffic areas on the ice and plays the game with grit and passion," Feaster noted after the signing was announced. "He is the type of player who agitates opponents by the way he battles and competes. He is very strong on his skates and tough to move from in front of the net.
"At the same time, he has good hands and vision and we like his offensive instincts."
Eddy believes one of his greatest strengths is his energy. Every time he hits the ice, he's looking to make an impact in any way he can and he is willing to go to any length to do so.
"I like to get in and mix things up and grind it out with a little bit of skill in there and try to help out in any way I can whether it be hitting guys, scoring, fighting or blocking shots."
The 22 year-old recently attended the Flames 2012 development camp in Calgary and found the experience extremely beneficial in various ways. In addition to getting to know some of his future teammates, he learned quite a bit about what it will take to succeed at the next level.
“More about how to be a pro and what you have to do, how to treat your body with recovery and the things you have to do to be a great pro.
"It’s not just your talent; you have to work at it and work hard every day just to keep up to the other guys otherwise someone else is going to fill your shoes."