windsorspitfires.com staff reports
Saverio Posa will be back Thursday night after missing three games with a mild concussion.
That’s good news for a Spitfires team looking for more consistency on the blueline.
The 19-year-old Grand Blanc, Michigan native has been a great compliment to the dynamic offensive game of Ryan Ellis, playing big minutes and a steady role on the Spitfires #4 ranked penalty kill unit. His dependable play has also garnered interest from NHL scouts, ahead of this summer’s NHL Entry Draft.
Posa recently took some time out to take part in our Five Questions feature.
Great to hear you’ve been cleared to play on Thursday. Tell us how you’ve been feeling these last few days.
It’s a while to be away…missing three games and a full week of practice. But I got to do two hard days of working out the last few days and I got to go the
gym again today, lightened up a bit. The head is feeling good and I am ready to go.
The team bounced back nicely last Sunday in Brampton with a 7-1 win just hours after a really disappointing 8-2 loss in Erie the night before. You saw both
games. What do you think was behind the quick turnaround?
I think we just got a real wake-up call in Erie. I think the guys…it came to them that…we just can’t play like that every night. It was tough to sit and
watch that one. You want to be out there helping your teammates. But, I think it was a real good wake-up call and the guys learned from it.
Around Christmas time, Associate Coach DJ Smith called you ‘the most improved player in Canada’. You’ve definitely taken your game to new heights this year. Do you chalk that up to experience? Have you done anything differently?
It’s been a lot of prayers. Asking God to help me out. But, just coming to rink. Working on my game. I think last year watching guys like Cundari and
Young – how they handled adversity at this time of year – has helped me. And it helps…you know I can show the rookies what it takes. Hopefully I can
continue to be a good leader. And hopefully it pays off in the end.
We’re down to less than 20 games to go here in the regular season. It seems like it’s been a step forward and a step back lately. What do you think the
team has to do to string together some wins, and head into the playoffs with some good momentum.
It’s going to come down to teamwork. We’re going to have to be consistent and stick to the game plan more. When you get near the playoffs it gets tough.
It’s a real grind near the end. We need to get and stay healthy, take care of our bodies and, hopefully, start putting a few wins together.
You’re NHL draft eligible this summer. How much does that weigh on you day-to-day? Do you use it as motivation or just try not to think about it?
When you’re away from the rink, you know, you think to yourself, ‘Could this be the year? The year you belong to an NHL team. Around gametime I don’t think about it because I’d be worried about the eyes watching me and not my game. It’s exciting to think about scouts watching you, to hear that they’re talking about you. But you never want to try to do too much. Just the things that got them to notice you.