Craig Adams figures to have a slightly elevated role in the early part of the 2010-11 season with Jordan Staal sidelined, particularly on the penalty kill. He talked about that part of his game, the chance for a different role and his new teammate, Arron Asham.
On taking on a bigger role with penalty kill due to Staal's injuries, especially with faceoffs:
"Well that’s something I have to get better at regardless whether if 'Staalsy’s' in the lineup or not. Him being a lefty and me being a righty, it’s not necessarily on the same side but for sure. Not only faceoffs, but he’s a really good penalty killer so we’re all going to have to pick up the slack a little bit."
On potentially being a third-liner:
"Honestly, we have so many good players here now and so many guys that can step up and be good players. I’m just trying to play as well as I can and solidify my role where ever that is. That’s obviously for the coaches to decide. I don’t think I come in with a different mindset."
On having a longer offseason compared to 2009:
"You take it for what it is. You’d much rather be playing into June. But because we weren’t, that gave guys a chance to do more of the things we weren’t doing before. I definitely felt like I took advantage of it and I feel good."
On new teammate Arron Asham:
"It’s good. He’s obviously a guy who has a lot of experience going almost all the way last year (to the Stanley Cup final with the Flyers). He brings some more experience. It’s good to have those guys around. He’s a tough customer as well. It’s nice to have him on our side for sure. And he’s a good player too. He’s got a great shot and I think he’ll score some goals for us."
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