East Meadow, NY- Omaha-Nebraska Maverick forward Cameron Berg was selected in the 4th round of the 2021 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders. Now in his second year in the NCAA, our very own Joshua Linsenberg had the chance to catch up with the Islander prospect and his head coach Mike Gabinet prior to the LIU vs. Omaha-Nebraska series last weekend.
Cameron Berg notched a goal and an assist in the two-game series, with Omaha winning both. On the season, the Minnesota native has two goals and three assists in eight games.
Before the exclusive interview with Cameron Berg, here was what Gabinet had to say about the Islanders prospect:
“I think even from last year to this year, he’s taken a big step. I think last year, anytime you come from juniors to college, it’s an adjustment, and he did a great job making that first big step from junior to college then this season. You’ve seen another big step, and he’s playing key minutes for us and playing a huge role with our program.
“I think he’s got a good personality. And again, I think that’s something too that you can see even in the short time here from his first year to the second year. You can just see how much he’s maturing and growing, and he really wants to be a professional and doing all the things necessary, so it’s been fun to watch [him] develop.”
Cameron Berg Exclusive Interview
Q: How does it feel to be at the Islander’s practice facility here in East Meadow?
“It’s my first time actually being here. So it’s kind of cool just kind of seeing everything, and obviously, we play here tonight, I’m excited.”
Q: How has your experience been at Omaha so far?
“It’s been really good. I love the team, the boys, one of the best hockey groups I’ve ever played with. It’s fun going to the rink every day. So it’s just been a great two years so far.”
Q: Have you had any discussion with the organization regarding the next steps post-Omaha?
“Not yet. Right now, just kind of focus on getting better every day.”
Q: How would you describe your play style?
“I’m competitive. I’d say a good two-way guy who will be reliable on the back end, and then also we’ll be able to create some chances out front and be a smart player and be hard.”
Q: First impressions of the area?
“It’s nice. I know when we got off the plane, it took a little bit with traffic. Not a lot of that in Omaha. So I guess that was the first thing, but it was just cool flying in and seeing New York City, seeing all the skyscrapers, and it’s just a cool area.”
Q: You’re teammates with fellow New York Islanders prospect Jake Pivonka (2018 4th rd pick). What has that relationship been like for you?
” I’ve asked him a couple of questions, obviously, because he’s been at camp here before, but now we just kind of just joke around each other because I like Pivanka, we’re boys. So it’s cool to be here [on Long Island] with him.”
Q: Any personal goals this season?
“Just help my team win any way I can. Whether it be offensively or just being a good penalty killer or being a good powerplay guy, I just try to affect the game and help our team out.”
Q: What would it mean to be an Islander post-Omaha?
“That’s the ultimate goal, the ultimate dream here. I couldn’t have been drafted to a better organization here. I’m just really excited. Gotta focus on my Omaha time here first, but hopefully, I can be an Islander one day.”