“I just think staying positive is the most important thing in this game, especially in college hockey,” said de Saint Phalle. “You just can’t dwell on mistakes. You just have to look forward to the opportunity. “
Don’t give the impression that de Saint Phalle is only drawing things and expecting them to happen. “He’s on the ice before and after practice trying to get better,” said Badger coach Tony Granato. He watches videos to regain his confidence.
“It’s hard to be patient in college hockey because the season is fast,” Granato said. “But it works. He cares. He cares more than I can tell you. I mean, he brings this home with him. He does his best to try and get on the path. “
De Saint Phalle has scored once this season – in the first game – 24 shots on goal and 47 attempts. Thanks to more time on the ice, his shooting frequency has increased compared to his freshman (two goals out of 35 shots and 59 attempts in 31 games) without increasing the number of goals scored.
Making his way to a good scoring position is one of the challenges for De Saint Phalle, who got off the ice after Monday’s training after talking with assistant coach Mark Straubel about what he could do to improve.
He then said in an interview that repetition in practice is what makes the use of quality moments in play second nature.