Key 1: Capitalize on knowledge of the organization
Delia has been with Chicago for a few seasons now and has played for in the ECHL, AHL, and NHL during that time. He’s worked with the coaches and has been able to develop relationships with the staff throughout the organization. He knows what to expect, and what’s expected of him.
There aren’t really any surprises for Delia at this point, and this works in his favor. When he shows up to training camp for the upcoming season, he knows exactly what’s in store for him. He knows how he’s going to be evaluated, and what he has to do to succeed.
Since Delia isn’t going to be learning his way around the organization, all he has to do is be prepared and get right to work. Taking away the awkwardness of figuring out how the people around him expect things to get done removes a lot of stress. He’ll be able to focus on the task ahead of him, securing a place on the roster.
Additionally, other players on the roster have already played with him in Rockford, which also helps his case. They’ll be aware of his habits, and he’ll be keyed into theirs. For a goalie trying to work his way onto the roster, this kind of rapport will only help him.