By Carmen Dittoe – Silvertips Staff Writer
EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Silvertips defenseman Jake Christiansen has not missed a single game in the last two seasons, which is a testament to his strong will and desire to consistently improve himself and contribute to those around him.
The incoming fourth-year blueliner tallied 31 points in the 2017-18 regular season, marking a personal record high in points for the third consecutive season.
It’s got him noticed. He starts today with on-ice sessions for what he hopes is the next step, NHL development camp with the Calgary Flames.
Christiansen, who was drafted to Everett in 2014 (round five, No. 105 overall), has made developmental strides in his game every year since. He believes that last season was a key turning point for how he approaches his personal improvement and credits this to Silvertips head coach Dennis Williams.
“I was able to bring my game to a new level with Willy coming in,” said Christiansen. “With the way he coached, I came to the rink with a smile everyday, excited to work.”
Christiansen said that his coach’s focus on the smaller things such as crisp passing allowed himself and his fellow teammates to constantly develop throughout the season.
The West Vancouver native hopes his hard work this summer and throughout training camp will allow him to fill a leadership role on the team with younger players, throughout the community, and in the impact of his game.
“I’ve been working really hard this summer, both in the gym and on the ice. I’ve been focusing on my first few steps, being more explosive though footwork drills, and working on stick handling and my shot,” said Christiansen.
His hard work will surely show up on the ice. As for his leadership skills, Christiansen said he had the perfect examples last season.
“The further we went into the playoffs, the more I learned from them,” he said of the Tips overagers.
Former Silvertips defenseman Kevin Davis said he expects Christiansen to be relied on in all types of situations next season, both on the ice and throughout the community.
“Jake has matured so much on and off the ice in the last few seasons,” said Davis. “Going into his 19-year-old season, it’ll be nice to see him take on a leadership roll. I think he’ll do great.”
Christiansen hopes to develop into a more reliable asset on the power play and said he is working to be “more of an impact guy.” He said he will be attending a development camp this summer where he is excited to learn more and further expand his skill set to bring back to Everett in the fall.