Chicago Blackhawks prospect Drew Commesso has talked at great length about the regimen he uses to be at his best. Citing his study of Andrei Vasilevskiy and his workouts with Boston Bruins netminder Jeremy Swayman, he hoped to be a “sponge” when training with him.
Turns out that Swayman thinks Commesso is already on his way while being flattered by the praise.
“An incredible compliment,” Swayman said when told about Commesso’s emulation of his methods. “I hope he knows he’s a tremendous goalie himself.”
The netminder who formed one of the best goaltending tandems–if not the best in hockey last season–didn’t stop with his praise of Commesso.
Commesso Holds Swayman in High Esteem–and Vice Versa
When speaking of Swayman, Commesso spoke of the approach of both Vasilevskiy and Swayman, two who influence his approach. The key is consistency.
“For me every time I get on the ice, I don’t really care if it’s a game or practice,” Commesso said. “My job is the same–to stop the puck. I’m going to go with the same approach. I really think that consistency of what I do at practice will help translate into the games.”
He also talked about the compete that Swayman brings to the game, something that the Bruins netminder complimented Commesso about.
“Really fun to watch his development,” Swayman said. “Obviously I think he can push for a job there [Rockford]. It’s going to be exciting for a guy who played hockey at BU to push for a starting role. That’s exciting.”
And what was some of that training, that included the “compete” that Commesso spoke of?
“We were tinkering with different glove positioning, different stuff over the summer,” Swayman said. “Just watch each other get better. It was pretty fun.”
Not only though, are Blackhawks and IceHogs fans eager to see what Commesso brings professionally. Swayman is too–and believes he’s positioned for major growth.
“Older guys are looking to him for adjustments, too,” Swayman said. “It’s a really big compliment. I think he’s going to make some awesome steps this year and excited to see what he does.”