Tyler Tullio: I'm ready to take the next step forward in my career



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Tyler Tullio: I'm ready to take the next step forward in my career

Tyler Tullio is in the final days of his junior career and is ready for new challenges. He showed great games in Oshawa, and it seems that he could continue his career in Bakersfield in the American Hockey League. His goal is to play in the NHL.

Tulio is not far from that. "This is my job now and I am treating it like that," Tullio said in development camp in June, as quoted by NHL. "and hopefully I can do it for the rest of my life. Once I got drafted and then I came to my first development camp last year, it was an eye-opener for me and helped me realize what I have to do to be a professional player.

"[The Oilers] see me as a hard-working guy who can play up and down the lineup and put pucks in the net. I think that's something I've been able to do over the last 12 months and I think for myself, it's just about keeping that going and showing everybody here that I'm ready to play in the NHL."

Oilers director of amateur scouting and player personnel Tyler Wright believes that Tulio was great and that he can improve. "Offensively, last year, he had a really good year,"he said. "He also had a really good year in the gym and got bigger and stronger and has worked very hard.

We're trying to give him every resource possible for him to become the best player that he can be. It's our job to develop these young men and make sure we're pushing them in the right direction, but at the end of the day he has to put the time and effort in, and we have to help him along."

Edmonton Oilers training camp

He will now be part of the Oilers training camp and hopes to impress those present. "Coming back into this development camp, I feel ready, I feel confident and I'm ready to take the next step forward in my career," Tullio said.

"I thought I had a great season, last season, but at the same time my teammates and my coaches helped a lot. It wasn't a one-year thing. It was a progression over three or four years, and I can't thank everybody enough who helped me get here."

Tulio emphasized how much responsibility he had in the previous season. "I think getting that confidence was big for me last season," Tullio said. "You're an older guy in the league, so you kind of have a lot more responsibility on your shoulders.

It was a lot younger league this year in the OHL, but at the same time, I didn't worry about that. I just kept a straight-minded focus and did everything I could to improve every night and be the best player I could be every single night."