Chipchura says he’s ready for the NHL

Kyle Chipchura is part of a group of 27 prospects taking part in the Canadiens rookie camp that starts today and he hopes it can be his last. Chipchura will be taking part in his third training camp with the team and says he’s ready to play at the NHL-level after learning the ropes with the Hamilton Bulldogs, La Presse reports.

“I learned a lot in my first year. Especially about the engagement it takes to have success at hockey,” he said. “It’s a higher level than junior and I suppose it gets even higher in the NHL. You always have to be ready to play, whether its during a practice or a game.”

With the Bulldogs last season, the 21-year-old centre scored 12 goals and 39 points in 80 games. During the run to the Calder Cup, Chipchura scored six goals and 13 points in 22 games.

“I think I am ready to make the jump,” he said. “I know I still have a lot to learn, that I have to improve my skating and show more regularity in my game. But I believe I can contribute to the success of the team in any role they give me.”

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