|Denis Gurianov (Credit: Texas Stars)
"It was a good summer," said Gurianov after today's practice. "It was a good camp, fun and a lot of energy. I feel good right now and ready to go."
Gurianov not only worked out his body this summer, his English language skills are also markedly improved. He has worked with tutors and roomed with English-speaking players last year to continue increasing his comfort and skill in the language.
Asked if he thought he did well in the preseason games in Dallas, he deferred, "No, actually. I need to ask coach."
Derek Laxdal has been a strong influence on the young Russian winger, even helping him to get his driver's license last season. He may have his license now, but his wheels on the ice still need work, according to him.
"[Playing in Dallas,] I learned it was a a high speed and smart game with many shots and hits. I learned I need more speed and need to use my strong size, speed and shot."
Asked what he's looking to improve this season in Texas to get more chances in the NHL, he focused on defense, calling out both his play in the D-zone and penalty kill, if he can play there.