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Oshawa Generals' Michael Dal Colle plans to learn from veterans: Making The Jump

Aug 24, 2012 - 10:18 GMT

By Neate Sager, Yahoo Canada Sports Buzzing the Net

Michael Dal Colle is proven finisher whose all-around game just needs some polish.

The Oshawa Generals believed they got great value out the No. 7 overall pick in the Ontario Hockey League priority selection draft when they selected Dal Colle, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound centre with supple hands who played with the Vaughan Kings during his final year of minor hockey. Dal Colle hoping he can step right into a prominent role, which starts with trying to adopt the habits of older teammates such as Generals captain Boone Jenner, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect, and Philadelphia Flyers first-rounder Scott Laughton. Both have become high NHL picks by virtue of playing an all-around game.

"One thing I definitely plan to do is look at the older guys on the team like Jenner and Laughton," Dal Colle says. "Try to pick up on his [Laughton's] habits in practice. Guys like him and Jenner are good offensively, but take pride in their defence and playing physically. That's what I want to do."

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