by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com)
Like any player, the NHL Draft is the start of something exciting.
For Soo Greyhounds defenceman Conor Timmins, the draft will be a culmination of a season that put him on the preverbal hockey map.
The sophomore defenceman, who is coming off a 61-point season in 2016-17, is expected to be among those selected during this weekend’s NHL draft. The 18-year-old shot up the draft rankings after breaking through offensively last season.
“It was definitely a whirlwind year,” the sophomore blueliner said. “Especially for me, rising up in all of the draft rankings and having the season I had that not a lot of people expected me to have. It was a really exciting year.”
“Conor worked extremely hard over the summer,” said Greyhounds General Manager Kyle Raftis. “You could tell in terms of his preparation what he knew he needed to work on.
“What he really improved on was his first step,” Raftis added. “His skating and mobility really took a step forward and that added strength and additional confidence. He’s always been a guy who was a cerebral, high IQ puck-mover and once you get that strength, whether it’s closing on players or pulling away from players in stride, it really added another element to his game.”
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