Réway: I feel like I have a chance to make the team

Author: Jakub Homoľa | Added: 05.07.2013 at 13:05 | Comments (0) | Slovenská verze

Fulfilled expectations and the 116th overall spot. That is the result of the third Slovak player drafted in this years’ NHL Entry Draft, which took place on Sunday. Martin Réway, hailing from Prague, probably could not have been picked by a more legendary team. The Slovak junior player was drafted by the Montréal Canadiens, the 24-time Stanley Cup champion, as their seventh pick.

No wonder, that the 18-year old player is more than happy with the team that picked him on Sunday. “It’s a fantastic feeling to be another step closer to the NHL. I know that nothing easy is awaiting, but right now it’s probably not really that important if you’re picked in the first, third or seventh round. Everyone is at the same starting line in training camp.”

Martin Réway (Photo: Francis Vachon)

Since it was Montréal, who picked the youngster who started his career in Slavia Prague, Réway isn’t heading into really foreign surroundings. Last season, he played in the QMJHL for the Gatineau Olympiques, who are located in Quebec, the same province of which Montréal is the biggest city. “Every player from the QMJHL wishes that he’ll get selected by Montréal. It’s a great feeling, additionally I’m feeling a chance to make the team,” Réway said.

While Réway’s words might feel a bit too optimistic for some, the player himself truly feels he has the skills to make it in hockey’s Mecca. “Montréal is slowly changing its’ players. Last year, they gave a chance to two young players who showed that they can play,” Réway explained, then added: “On the other hand, they have a handful of great prospects, like Andrighetto, Lehkonen or Hudon. Additionally, they all play a similar style to me, especially Hudon is someone I’m compared to a lot. They say we’re similar.”

Because of the draft, Réway had to alter his plans a bit and cancel his vacation, from which he flew directly to Montréal to take part in the club’s development camp, which started on Thursday and on which the club’s management will take a closer look on its recent draft selections and other prospective youngsters. Réway doesn’t regret one bit. “I have absolutely no problem with that. I vacationed with my friends from Sparta (Prague) and Trnava and they we’re definitely more disappointed than me. I’m excited and I’m looking forward to the action around the NHL.”

Additionally, there will definitely be no lack of motivation for Réway in Montreal. “I have to thank all my coaches and people who helped me progress in my career, like my agent, who definitely had some hard times with me (laugher). Of course, also the guys on the team, without whom I would’ve never been drafted, and last but not least my parents, who had to give up a lot for me. Now I want to give back to those people. That is the motivation that drives me forward,” Réway concluded.

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