Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen (above) chatted with the media this morning during the team's prospect development camp:
On being a part of the team's "Black Aces" squad the past two postseasons:
"Any time you’re around a group of guys like Pittsburgh has here, it’s a great experience. It’s something you can learn a lot from. Just watching the guys, how they go about their business. Going through a playoff run and going through different adversity. Watching how they react and how they handle it. And being able to apply it to when you go through that situation."
On his goals with this camp:
"We talked about at the beginning of the camp, it’s not a tryout. We’re not making the team here this week. It’s about making impressions and getting to know everyone and doing some team bonding and having fun. That’s the main part of it. Just getting to know everyone. These are guys we’re going to be playing with the next couple years all together."
His goals for the 2010-11 season:
"I think the second half of last year, I was able to kind of establish myself in the (AHL) and show what I could do there. Hopefully going into this year, I’ll be able to get a little bit more experience there and play a little bit more games and get into a rhythm of every night and going through the grind of playing an 80-game season. If there’s an opportunity (in the NHL), that’s great too."
What part of his game needs the most work:
"I think just maybe just consistency. Playing if I’m the guy going every night or every other night, making sure that my games are the same throughout. Being good one night, not good the next. That’s the thing going through 80 games. You want to try and be on an even keel there. You want to try play well every night and not be up and down all the time."
On the team using four goaltenders in regular season play in 2009-10:
"I was called up in the playoffs to back up (Marc-Andre) Fleury too for a couple games. I was there and almost given the chance to play. It’s exciting to be able to do that. You’ve got to be ready at all times in case something like that does happen."
(Photo: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins)