14 July 2011
After anxiously waiting through the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Scott Mayfield finally heard his name called by the New York Islanders in the second round with the 34th pick overall.
Looking back on his draft weekend Mayfield found it to be both exciting and emotional.
“There were a lot of emotions that night and just to be able to spend it with my family was huge for me,” he said Thursday at the Nassau Coliseum. “I sat there 30 picks and I wasn’t called, but at the same time I can use that as more motivation now”
Nearly three weeks removed from the draft Mayfield is relishing his time at camp on Long Island. Mayfield, at the suggestion of some of his fellow prospects, tried an Italian ice the previous night and “loved it.”
He is also enjoying his time with the organization that drafted him.
“I couldn’t be more happy with this organization, Mayfield said after Thursday’s on ice session. “Just their connection with Denver University, where I’m committed to is huge, so that’s a big thing for me.”
Mayfield has also had his eyes opened attending his first NHL mini camp, describing the atmosphere as more professional. Something that he said he loves and is what he wants to do with his hockey career.
Another aspect Mayfield wants to do with his hockey career is increase his offense. That part of his game is what he is working on in the summer months.
“My numbers were kind of down last season, I mean had more points my first season than my second season,” he said. “So that’s kind of the biggest thing for me I’m trying to work on.”
Mayfield spent the last two seasons with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. His first season he put up 22 points with 10 goals and 12 assists. The following year his numbers dropped to 16 points with seven goals and nine assists.
Following offense, Mayfield says that size is also a big part of his game and he's trying to gain some more weight.
Editors Note: Scott Mayfield has been invited to USA Hockey’s evaluation camp in Lake Placid.
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