Being drafted by Pittsburgh, and the opportunity to play with those players, is a huge source of motivation to Esposito. If this doesn\'t light him up nothing will. Consider if he doesn\'t make the team, and is sent back to Junior, I would think that he would work his butt off to get called up to the big team. Being drafted by Pittsburgh was huge for him. I am thinking that he is now thankful that he had to watch the proceedings, as long as he did, before getting the call.
I think hockeylifer said it best with this statement. Esposito looked in pain sitting in the stands waiting and he didn\'t even have the \"agreement\" to fall back on excuse wise. This may have been a wake-up call for him, and to get to play with such talent that is the same age as him, how could you not want to show these guys you were ranked #1 at one time for a reason.