Maine Hockey Journal

Chaput is ready for a fresh start

Lewiston, ME – Michael Chaput is ready to get back on the ice after missing a good portion of last season due to a shoulder injury.

“My shoulder surgery went great,” said Michael Chaput. “Rehab went perfect, they said three to six months, and that’s what it was. (I) came back to training camp with no pain, no nothing.”

Due to his injury, Chaput missed the World Under-17 Challenge right after Christmas. Although only playing in 29 games, the NHL Central Scouting Bureau saw his potential and ranked Chaput as a “B” prospect for the 2010 NHL Draft.

“I was for sure disappointed; missing that big tournament was part of my development. Missing the rest of the year was part of (my) development too.”

“First of all, this will be a big year for Michael because he didn’t get a chance show his abilities last year,” said Don MacAdam, the team’s President and Head Coach. Michael Chaput 2

Chaput hasn’t looked ahead to the NHL Draft.

“Not really, I am not expecting anything,” said Chaput. “If I expect too much then something happens. Anything can happen, I am hoping for the best.”

“Being drafted is out of the player’s control,” said MacAdam. “The only thing in the player’s control is how they play this year. If someone drafts him, so be it. If they don’t, they don’t. There been many players that have been very successful in the game without being drafted into the NHL.

Chaput doesn’t feel like “he’s the new guy” with the new coaching staff and the player turnover.

“Not at all,” Chaput said. “I’ve spoken to Coach MacAdam all year last year when I came down to Lewiston, and when I went to see games when they were close to my house. The guys said he was a great coach, so I feel like I’ve been with him already.”

“For Michael, there’s a family history with the team,” said MacAdam. “So it’s not like he’s coming into a total different environment.”

Chaput said he looks up to his older brother, Stefan, who plays for the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League.

“He helps me a lot,” said Chaput. “I trained with him all summer and with Patrick Cusack too. My brother, he’s my main motivation, that’s who I look up to. He got drafted into the NHL, that’s my goal, that’s my dream. So that’s what actually who I want to follow.”

Click here for the full interview with Michael Chaput.

Notes: The Maineiacs travel to Shawinigan tonight. Face-off is at 7:30pm. The same two teams play Sunday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee at 4:00pm. Maine Hockey Journal’s coverage begins at 3:30pm with a live chat.

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