The Regina Pats got their first in-person look at Swedish forward Filip Ahl on Saturday as the team kicked off it’s 2016 training camp at the Co-operators Arena.
Ahl was selected int he first round of the 2016 CHL Import Draft and Head Coach and GM John Paddock says he is an impressive player but needs some work. “The attributes that you see are very good and then the attributes that we have heard that he needs to improve on that are really the biggest reason he is here are apparent too. He looks like he has lots of tools and all the tools and he also has lots of work to do.”
The Ottawa Senators prospect says he is excited to be here in North America. Yeah I’m really looking forward to it, it will be really fun. Good to get to know the guys now and yeah I’m really looking forward to it.” Ahl says he and the Sens thought it was best for his development to play in the WHL this year. “I’ve been talking a lot with Ottawa about it now. I think it’s a good opportunity for me to take the next step and I think the small rink is going to fit my size pretty good and yeah it’s going to be a fun year I think.”
Ahl will play on a line with Nick Henry and Sam Steel as camp progresses and he says he’s looking forward to playing with the Ducks first rounder. “He’s a really good player, really skilled player. Yeah it will be good to start to play with him here and see how it goes, it will be good I think. Sam has a lot of skill and I’m a big forward who likes to be around the net and create offence, create good chances out there and yeah we will see how it goes.”
Pats training camp continues Sunday morning at 8:30 AM at the Co-operators Arena.