Penguins: Beyond The Game Sheet With Ryan Scarfo
Trades and transactions are a part of the sport, something rookie Ryan Scarfo quickly found out when he was dealt to the Penguins.
This week, Scarfo talked about the move and starting his pro career.
What was your week like given the trade and then having to play a full three-in-three set with your new team?
It’s been great so far. Obviously, it was kind of a nice change for me and a chance for a fresh start. The way I looked at it was just a really good opportunity coming to a phenomenal organization with a lot of good people. The best way sometimes is to just get right into it, so it was good to get those three games.
Is it a challenge to immediately be thrown in the lineup without having really skated with your new team?
It could be a challenge at times. But, more or less, you’ve just got to go out and play your game and not think too much. A lot of us have been in situations where you’re thrown into it, but you’re OK because you don’t think too much.
How do you think you did?
I think I played pretty well. Just trying to contribute in any way that I can. I think I bring some good speed and tenacity to the team. So, hopefully keep that going.
Players sometimes have a humorous story regarding where and when they found out they were being traded. Was there anything like that for you?
Actually, I was in Worcester in Massachusetts, and that’s where I’m from, so I was waking up from my pregame nap and I got the phone call that I wouldn’t be playing that night.
Jeff Taylor is obviously one of your former Union College teammates. How does it feel to see him here?
It’s been great. We’ve been apart for a couple years now, but things don’t change much when you spend three years with a guy at school. He’s a great kid and it’s nice to have him and ask him questions and lean on him for things. I’m sure he’ll show me the way.
For fans that maybe want to know you a little bit better, how would you describe your playing style?
I think my skating and my speed is probably my biggest asset. When I’m using my speed and finishing my hits, that’s usually when I’m at my best. Being tenacious on the puck.
Having played four years at college, does it feel nice knowing a number of other players on this team have gone through a similar situation?
Absolutely. I played in ECAC, so not just Jeff but there’s a few that I played against over the last three or four years at Union. So, it always helps, whether it’s same school or different school, that you’re going through the same thing.