Talking with Tony: Drew Commesso 2020 Draft Interview

Tony Ferrari

2020-05-04

Photo by Rena Laverty, courtesy of the U.S. NTDP

 

I had the chance to jump on a Zoom call with Drew Commesso, the goaltender from the U.S. National Team Development Program. We chatted about his season, the goaltending position in general and we took a look at some of his game tape from this past season. Commesso is one of the top North American netminders for the 2020 NHL Draft and could wind up being the second goaltender selected after Yaroslav Askarov. 

 

Bio information courtesy of Elite Prospects

 

Tony Ferrari: With the season coming to an early end, what is the feeling you’re left with when you think back on it?

 

Drew Commesso: Yeah, it was obviously such an abrupt ending. We were in Omaha and we got off the bus to start practice before we got to the rink. As of then the World tournament was still on and the USHL season was still on so we were kind of getting ready for practice and coach came in and you kind of just tell by the tone, he never comes in like that. Obviously checking with all the news and stuff, everyone was up to date and we kind of all knew it was coming. For it to get canceled it was really a bummer. Since then we’ve been home, it’s been nice seeing the family because obviously, we don’t live at home during the season its been good to just be around them and hangout. Yeah, it’s boring but it could be a lot worse.

 

TF: The U.S. National Team Development Program is a unique opportunity for young players. There are often players on the roster from all over the United States including non-traditional markets such as Alaska, Texas, and California. What’s it like being on a team with players from so many different backgrounds?

 

DC: Yeah, it’s pretty cool. I think growing up playing prep hockey and stuff, you’re really only around kids from your town and your area and then you play against kids from across the country and around North America. It’s pretty cool to see kids from other states and other parts of the country, just their lifestyle and how they live. I’ve had some kids from North Dakota who grew up on farms which is the opposite of me so it’s pretty cool meeting different kinds of people and kind of see what different regions of the country are like.

 

TF: So do you think having kids from all over the country and playing for the NTDP is a big advantage for you?

 

DC: Yeah, I think it helps the off-ice part of it, everyone really bonds together and everyone is really unique too. Coming from different backgrounds, kids are from Alaska like you said a