Well, looks like Nathan Bastian already learned a valuable lesson on Day 1. If you have to say to yourself "I hope they don't put that online immediately" then there's a good to great chance that it's already online. That may not have been the case with the New Jersey Devils franchise two years ago, but they have undoubtedly emerged from the dark ages of Lou Lamoriello's tyrannical rule over their social media accounts. That means that any new draftees who start roster-bating in front of a camera are going to have their child-like excitement broadcasted to millions of people on Twitter. Sorry Nathan, but that's just how it goes. If you don't want your new peers to candidly witness your spirited adoration of their abilities then you might want to work on your peripheral vision when the media is around. Just a little pro tip.
I think sometimes we forget that these guys get drafted as kids. We probably shouldn't because most of them have the muscle mass of a 14 year old female distance runner, but it's easy to think of them as older than they are because so much is expected out of them. The exhilaration with which Nathan Bastian started rattling off prospects in the system was a nice little reminder that he's still a wide-eyed teenager, and it was refreshing to see a player turn into a complete fanboy while thinking of the future possibilities that has the Devils' actual fans so optimistic.
This McLeod/Bastian bromance already has my heart pitter-pattering...