Xtra Points: Pavelski stops at Jets camp

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Eric Schmoldt
Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Janesville Jets hosted a tryout camp for more than 200 players at the Janesville Ice Arena this week as they attempt to sort out their roster for the 2014-15 season.

On hand Wednesday was Joe Pavelski, who is a part of Wisconsin Hockey Partners, which owns the franchise. Pavelski is a star player for the San Jose Sharks and helped lead the University of Wisconsin to a national championship in 2006.

For more on Pavelski's visit and the camp, check out my story in Sunday's Gazette. Until then, here are some thoughts from Pavelski that didn't fit in that story:

On if he gives input while watching Jets camp: “The coaches that are here have scouted them as part of the draft and know the team; they’re the ones putting in the time and picking the team. But you talk and hear what they have to say and can answer questions.”

On keeping tabs on the Jets during his NHL seasons: “During the season, it’s fun when you get players and coaches asking about your team every once in a while. It’s nice when you can tell them they are winning. It’s fun to follow. I get emails on how things are going.”

On players taking note of the Jets' propensity to send players to the Division I college level: “That’s always a goal (to go Division I). You come to the junior leagues to take that step and play college hockey. Anytime there’s a program that’s going to put more kids to the next level, you’re going to become aware of it. Just like when you look at what school you’re picking. What team has won more, if you have a few options? Those teams that have that track record tend to keep that track record.”

How he spends his summers: “Just slowly preparing the body. We start skating next week. It’s just part of the process to take the time off that you need. You rehab any injuries and try to get healthy … and start the process to getting back.”

On what he has learned while becoming a veteran player in the NHL: “You learn how to manage yourself. There’s some thoughts that go through your head early in your career. Am I working hard enough? Am I doing it right? But once you have a little success, you can go back on that and not worry about those little thoughts. You have to trust what you’re doing and your work ethic.”

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