NEWBURYPORT — After hearing his name called during the fourth round of the NHL Draft two weekends ago, Newburyport native Shane Eiserman got his first taste of professional hockey when he reported to the Ottawa Senators Development Camp.
For the past week and a half, the 18-year-old left winger has been training under the guidance of NHL coaches and trainers along with his fellow draftees. Every day, he and the other prospects spent two hours on the ice and two hours in the weight room, and Eiserman said the workouts were on a totally different level than anything he’d been through before.
“On ice I’ve haven’t experienced anything like it,” Eiserman said. “You had to play well every second, so it was fun.”
In addition to his fellow draft mates, Eiserman said he also got to train with NHL players like Cody Ceci and Mark Stone, which he said was a cool experience and also gave him an opportunity to try to match their play and intensity on the ice.
“Getting to play with all those guys, they’re high-end guys, the pace was up, you really had to be focused in because if you make a mistake out there, you stand out,” he said. “It was tough, but it was a great experience with where I’m at with my development.”
At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Eiserman is considered by many to be a legitimate NHL prospect, and scouts have praised him for both his physical prowess and his ability with the puck.
Though it is expected he will have a good chance to reach the NHL some day, he will not begin his professional career just yet, as he is committed to play for the University of New Hampshire this coming season, which he said he’s been looking forward to for a long time.