Here’s the interview with Colten Teubert. If you’ve seen him play, you probably won’t be surprised to know that Teubert exudes confidence, in a good way. He’s easy to talk to, and a good quote, but it’s clear that he thinks he can play in the NHL.
Question: Can you talk about the contrast between last year, when you had just been drafted, and coming back here a year later?
TEUBERT: “Yeah, it’s a lot more comfortable. You can talk to the young guys and just say, `Hey, calm down,’ because I was in the exact same situation they’re in, just gripping the stick and being really nervous. But it’s just an opportunity and a chance to get better here at development camp. We’ve got a lot of coaches, so I just try to be a sponge and soak it all in.”
Question: The fans in L.A. kept track of you from afar this season. Can you talk a bit about what the season was like for you?
TEUBERT: “Well we weren’t very successful with my Regina Pats team, which sucked, but I did win a World Junior gold medal with Team Canada, which was an unbelievable experience, one I’ll never forget. Also I got called up to the Ontario Reign at the end of the year, which was awesome. I came in and played eight regular-season games and then we ended up losing Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs. That really sucked, but overall it was just a really good experience to play with guys that much older than you and just have a different perspective in coaching from Karl Taylor, who helped me out a lot. He’s here at development camp too. It just shows you that no matter what league you play in, you can improve. It was an unbelievable experience.”
Question: In those World Juniors, it seemed as though you were paired with Hickey quite a bit…
TEUBERT: “Me and Hickey were kind of like the shut-down crew, defensively. I didn’t play any power play, but I was a PK guy and had the shut-down pair with Thomas. It was nice to play with him. He highlights me as much as I highlight him. He’s a very good player and he was a great leader and he helped us win gold, for sure.”
Question: That seems to be an interesting pairing with you two. Obviously it’s different styles, different body types, but there seems to be something there…
TEUBERT: “Yeah, I think so. I think our off-ice relationship helps too. We’re pretty good friends, and that translates onto the ice. We look out for each other, and with his skill I can help out defensively and it’s very nice playing with him.”
Question: There’s obviously quite a bit of defensive talent in the pipeline here. What are your goals for training camp this year?
TEUBERT: “It’s an opportunity. I’m going to come into camp and do whatever it takes, just like every other guy. I think it’s going to be a very good battle. Like you said, there are lots of good defensive prospects, and that’s good. That’s a very positive thing for the Kings and I just look to the future and I hope that I can be a part of that.”