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Wormald feeling relieved after NHL Draft disappointment


By Lethbridge Herald on October 17, 2023.

Herald FILE photo Lethbridge Hurricanes Logan Wormald tries to drive wide to the net on Vancouver GiantsÕ defenceman Will Subject during Western Hockey League action at the Enmax Centre in this November 2022 file photo.

By Justin Seward

Lethbridge Herald

Despite being listed in the final rankings for last spring’s NHL entry draft and not being drafted, Lethbridge Hurricanes forward Logan Wormald is feeling a lot of weight being lifted off his shoulders for this season.

“Yeah, I mean last year was obviously a stacked draft class and I knew that,” said Wormald.

“So, I mean it’s a really hard place to like move on in life, like hockey just in general. So, in saying that, that draft was really stacked and after not hearing my name, obviously it hurt. So I’d say in my draft year, it’s like right in the back of your mind and after not being drafted, it can be a relief. So it’s kind of nice to have that not like pushing me every single day, like reminding myself that I need to be good and I need to be drafted. So, yeah in saying that, it’s nice that my draft year was last year and I feel like  I have some weight off my shoulders this year in  having some freedom of play and being as creative (as) I can this year. So, yeah I’m just trying to be the best I can this year I guess, again to be drafted.”

His focus is on the Hurricanes and winning.

“That’s the main goal and make it further than the first round,” he said.

“I mean the last two years; we’ve been swept in the first round twice. So, yeah, it’d be nice to see this group go a bit farther than that.”

Wormald feels that he can improve both offensively and defensively.

“I’m glad that I’ve got the chance to prove myself penalty killing,” he said.

“So I feel like that’s good for our team. Our penalty kill has been working really well, so I’m glad to help out defensively and offensively like I said.”

Wormald looks to be more consistent this year in pushing himself.

“I feel like it’s something I’ve struggled with throughout my WHL career,” he said.

“So I’d  just say being consistent, being the same player I can be every single game, and being repetitive in myself and helping out this team in any way that I can.”

Wormald has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 10 games played this season.

Wormald and the rest of the Hurricanes will look to get back on track after a three game losing streak when they host the Calgary Hitmen tonight at the Enmax Centre.

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