Liam Stenton says he didn’t expect to get the minutes he’s got from The Nottingham Panthers in the Elite Series, but believes he’s improving with every game.
The defenceman, who played 10 games for Aspray Glasgow Clan in the 2019/20 season on a two-way deal with Solway Sharks, is part of Tim Wallace’s side in the competition currently taking place at the Motorpoint Arena.
But with roughly a quarter of an hour of game time in their two games so far, Stenton is really feeling the benefit as he revealed what it was like to walk into a star-studded Panthers locker room.
“When I was first picked in the draft, I was originally in the taxi squad so didn’t expect to be coming down, to be honest,” Stenton said.
“Then when I came here, we’ve got six D-men and we’ve been rolling. It’s good to get the minutes and I feel like I’m improving with every game and I’ve got the chance to prove I can play at this level.
“The biggest thing I’ve learned is how fast it is again. It’s been a while since I played hockey and I was expecting a lot of speed when I came down here. I’d played in Dumfries so the pace was something I had to get used to again.
“Walking into a locker room like this, with the players and the experience they’ve all got, I didn’t know what to expect to be honest.
“It was amazing, knowing you’ll be playing those guys and what level they’ve played at. Seeing how far they’ve gone in the game is really impressive for me.”
Panthers will take on Manchester Storm in their third game of the competition on Tuesday, face-off at 7:00pm.