Riley Nash found the Canes' prospect conditioning camp both demanding and interesting.
After all, the center has twice attended the Edmonton Oilers' prospects camp after being drafted by the Oilers in the first round and being the 21st overall pick of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He saw the way the Edmonton staff did things. Now, he has seen another way of doing it.
"It's a totally different experience," Nash said today. "For me, not knowing the staff here, it was like an introduction to the whole organization.
"The off-ice here is pretty difficult. We worked pretty hard at that. The on-ice, there's a lot of skills and drills, and it was getting used to an NHL-type practice."
And at Edmonton?
"It was more skating and skills, on the ice for four hours a day and not as much work off the ice," he said. "It was almost the direct opposite of the on-ice, off-ice ratio."
The Canes obtained Nash's rights from the Oilers by trading away a second-round pick in this year's draft. Nash, 21, said he will decide in the next week or so whether he will sign a contract with the Canes or return to Cornell for his senior season.
Nash gave no hint today as to which way he was leaning. But he said he enjoyed his short association with the Canes' Ron Francis, a Hall of Famer who pushed for the team to make the trade with the Oilers and get Nash into the Canes' system.
"He's one of the greatest hockey players to ever play," Nash said. "It would be nice to have him showing me the way. But there are still a lot of decisions to be made and guys have to step up in their spots.
"If it comes to that point where he's helping me out, that would be awesome. If not, I'm sure the AHL staff will do a great job. I have all the faith and trust in this organization and it was just a really good week."