Seventh-round draft pick Aiden Gallacher of the Bismarck Bobcats had a list of goals to accomplish right after main camp finished.
“Gotta get stronger, bigger, faster,” Gallacher said.
It’s probably a sentiment shared by most of the guys at the end of the three-day camp. For the 17-year-old from Rochester Hills, Michigan, the whole camp experience was an eye-opener.
“The first three games were sort of trying to get back in the groove after being out for the summer,” Gallacher said. “These past two all-star games had a little change of pace, high speed.”
But Gallacher doesn’t shy away from the higher pace of Bobcats, because the added challenge allows him to learn something about himself.
“Just where I stand in with everybody else,” Gallacher said. “It’s kind of the check-up on making sure you’re playing fast, playing smart and head up.”
And after you put in the hard work over the weekend, even draft picks like Gallacher are in limbo, thinking over every move they made, and wondering if they’ll end up on that final roster.
“Well I know I could’ve given a lot more out there,” Gallacher said of camp. “I hope so, but if not, they just want me to develop more over this year and just come back next year.”
Because if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Coach Layne Sedevie did invite Gallacher back for the team’s 30-man training camp which takes place Aug. 27.