Jay Card (Photo Credit: dutchdomeopen.com)
With the first selection in the third round (19th overall) during last Wednesday night's draft, Minnesota selected 5-foot-10, 195-pound forward Jay Card.
Prior to the draft, experts raved about Card's potential and listed his upside as "high." The Swarm's front office concurred, and was thrilled to find Card available in the third round.
With one of the hardest shots in this year's draft, Card will certainly get his chance come training camp to prove he belongs on this year's 23-man roster.
Card, 22, joins the Swarm after finishing his four-year career at Hofstra University this past spring, and led the Pride with 29 goals and 42 points in 16 games in 2011.
The Caledon, Ontario native also has box experience, having played for two well-known programs in Canada with the New Westminster Salmonbellies (BCJALL) and Orangeville Northmen (OLA Jr. A & B).
Schimke: Jay, congratulations on being the first selection in the third round. How does it feel to be drafted by the Swarm?
Card: I’m really excited to be a part of the Swarm. I know a lot of guys that are involved in the organization and they’ve had nothing but good things to say about the team. They (Swarm) are obviously a young team, which is exciting because you know the future is going to be bright. I look forward to hopefully being a part of it.
Schimke: How did everything go for you tonight at the draft?
Card: Going into it, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. It was actually quite exciting watching all the different teams on the clock and their decisions. Overall it was a great experience. I got a picture with the coaching staff, and co-owner Andy Arlotta.
Schimke: In terms of what you can bring to the Swarm on the field, what are some of your strongest attributes?
Card: I've got a hard shot. I’ve been working on that…I can shoot inside, I can dish and drive, and I can shoot really well from the perimeter. I think that’s going to play to my advantage. I’m not afraid to get to the middle, and you know, get dirty. My style of play is definitely one with a chip on my shoulder.
Schimke: You mentioned you have a hard shot, so I have to ask you, how fast can you shoot?
Card: This summer I was clocked at 106 mph.
Schimke: What’s your plan until training camp starts in November?
Card: I’ve already actually started the process. I started my training program last week and I’m going to keep going until training camp.
Schimke: Are you familiar with any Swarm players?
Card: Andrew Suitor. I’ve grown up with him, he’s a great guy, and I’ve known him most of my life. We were actually talking before the draft. I’m sure he’s excited and I know I’m excited.
Schimke: Will this be your first time in Minnesota?
Card: This will be my first time, and I’m looking forward to it.
Schimke: Well it looks like playing in cold weather is nothing new for you. I see you're from Canada.
Card: Oh yeah, cold weather doesn’t really bother me all that much.