Jason Menard had this feature on UMass hockey alum Danny Hobbs on Sunday. Hobbs, who spent last season with the Greenville Road Warriors in the ECHL, signed a professional tryout agreement with the Ottawa Senators organization this offseason and attended the Senators' rookie camp and tournament last week:
"Rookie tournaments are generally a place for firsts, from first-rounders to a variety of young players getting their initial taste of professional-level competition. But for some, including 24-year-old Danny Hobbs, they can also represent second chances.
Hobbs was drafted in the seventh round of the 2007 NHL Draft (198th overall) by the New York Rangers. After completing a four-year collegiate career, he signed an AHL deal with the Connecticut Whale, but never got into an AHL game.
While his participation at this year's Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie camp marks a new beginning for him within the Ottawa Senators' organization, he comes to it with something a lot of players participating don't have -- experience.
"Having a year under my belt in pro, I have a little bit of a different perspective coming into this," Hobbs said. "I kind of know what I need to do to catch some eyes, so I've been trying to do that to the best of my ability. It's definitely a tournament that will prepare you for camp and give you a spot to showcase yourself."
And what are people looking for, according to Hobbs?
"Work hard every shift, try to get the puck to the net, try to use my physical ability out there," he said. "Just try to play hard and be hard to play against."
Read the full article on HockeysFuture.com