by Patrick Hoffman on 02/24/09 at 11:25 PM ET
It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to interview an NHL prospect who played for Team USA in the World Juniors and is one of the top college hockey players for the Boston University Terriers.
I was lucky to have the opportunity to do an e-mail interview with Kevin Shattenkirk, a 19-year-old defenseman who was selected 14th overall by the Colorado Avalanche. Shattenkirk is one of the club’s top prospects who skates extremely well and knows how to move the puck.
Hopefully, the Avalanche will get to see Shattenkirk up close in the near future. Enjoy:
PH: How did you get into hockey?
KS: I pretty much got into hockey because of my brothers. Growing up, they were always playing around the house. I always tried to join in on their games and wound up loving the sport from day one.
PH:Growing up, who was/is your favorite team? How about your favorite player?
KS: I grew up and still am a New York Rangers fan. I loved Brian Leetch, as he is someone I still try to pattern my game after.
PH: Tell us what it was like to be drafted by the Colorado Avalanche.
KS: Getting drafted was obviously something I had always dreamed of and once it happened, it didn’t really register in my mind. I was so honored to have gone so high and it was a tremendous feeling. It is still hard to put into words.
PH: How do you see yourself fitting into the Avs’ system in the future?
KS: Well, just in speaking to them, I hope to come in and serve as an offensive defenseman, play on the power play, and just be a solid defenseman. Obviously, there are some great players there now and it will be a hard lineup to crack, but I am thrilled to be involved with the organization.
PH: Have you been following the Avalanche at all this season? If so, what players on the team do you enjoy watching?
KS: I have followed them a bit this year. Unfortunately, they aren’t having a great season but I try watching players like Jordan Leopold and John Michael Liles especially. JM Liles plays very similar to me and he is someone I hope I can be like for the Avalanche in the future.
PH: Tell us about your experience as a member of Team USA at the World Juniors this year? What does the team have to work on heading into next year’s tourney?
KS: My experience at the WJs was very bittersweet. I loved my teammates and coaches and I still think we had the team to win it. Things just did not go our way in that quarterfinal game and sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. As far as next year goes, I just think that the goal of the team should be to win the whole thing and nothing else.
PH: Tell us about your current season with BU. We know that your club just won the Beanpot title so how will your club build on that moving forward?
KS: This season at BU has been amazing. We have a great team chemistry and I believe that has been the root of our success so far. After our Beanpot title, we hope to continue growing and focus on winning our next championship, the regular season championship.
PH: Lastly, tell fans what you hope to bring to the NHL some day.
KS: I hope to add to the core of offensive defenseman that are in the NHL now and keep the game exciting. It is fun watching the high tempo style of game in the NHL now and I hope to be a part of it one day.
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