INTERVIEW: MacPherson reflects on AHL experience in Springfield

By Mitch Bach
April 25, 2019 - 3:58pm

MEDICINE HAT, AB — "What it takes to be a professional."

It took no time for Dylan MacPherson to answer a simple question — what's the biggest takeaway from your time in Springfield.

The former Medicine Hat Tigers defenceman returned home from a two-week stay with the AHL's Thunderbirds last week, and now knows exactly what he needs to work on to earn a permanent roster spot.

While he knows there are areas of his game that need improving, he's pleased with how he slotted into professional hockey for the first time.

The 20-year-old made his AHL debut on Apr. 12, generating a +2 rating with one shot on goal in a 7-2 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Two nights later, MacPherson notched his first career AHL point, setting up Dryden Hunt for a nifty deflection. The T-Birds went on to win the game 6-1 over the Providence Bruins to finish off the season.

Mitch Bach of CHAT Sports caught up with MacPherson to hear more about his time in Springfield, how the AHL level compares to playing junior hockey, and the type of off-season training regime he's taking on.

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