The party is over for Carson Meyer. It's time to get back to work.

The 2015 Olentangy Liberty High School graduate was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the sixth round of the NHL draft on June 24, going 179th overall.

After fulfilling his initial commitments with the team, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward now is focusing on getting back to Miami University, where he will work to improve his skills and the fortunes of the hockey program.

"It was definitely a whirlwind right after the draft," Meyer said. "There were a lot of emotions and I really didn't have time to come down from them.

"I went to development camp right after (being drafted) and it escalated even more with the media and the interviews because I was the hometown kid. I think the Fourth of July helped me come down a little bit. Things slowed down quite a bit. I was able to spend some time with family and that helped calm things down some."

The Blue Jackets own Meyer's rights until the August after his graduation from Miami. As a freshman, he had 10 goals and 16 assists as the RedHawks finished 9-20-7 overall and 5-14-5 in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

"I think Carson is mature enough to know that he has things that he needs to work on as an individual and work on as part of our program," Miami coach Enrico Blasi said. "He's getting back to focusing on what he needs to work on as a young player and a young man.

"Being drafted means you have potential, but you still have to focus on getting better on and off the ice. That's the difference between being a full-time NHLer and not being a full-time NHLer."

How one handles adversity, Blasi said, is often a determining factor between success and failure.

"On the ice, everything is focused on results in terms of points, but it's different off the ice," Blasi said. "You have to handle yourself emotionally and make sure you handle things that come your way in terms of challenges. Carson is well on his way in that respect."

Meyer started skating as a 3-year-old and began playing games at 5. His love for hockey grew along with the Blue Jackets.

"My parents (Todd and Holly Meyer) knew about hockey, but they had never seen it," he said. "When the Blue Jackets started in 2000, I started watching games and really got into it. I knew right then that it was the sport that I wanted to play."

Meyer played junior varsity lacrosse as a freshman at Liberty but decided to focus on hockey throughout the remainder of high school. He played for the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets before heading to Kearney, Nebraska, to compete at the highest level of junior hockey -- Tier 1 -- in the United States Hockey League with the Tri-City Storm in 2015-16.

He had 32 goals and 19 assists in his lone season with Tri-City.

"Going to juniors helped a lot," he said. "It was a fun year, but a difficult year. It was my first experience being away from home and leaving the 'Powell bubble.' I was in God's country in Nebraska, where the nearest neighbor was a mile down the road.

"I matured a lot as a player (with Tri-City). I came into my own there and I became a goal-scorer there."

That experience helped Meyer get used to being away from home while also competing against top-flight players.

"I'm an offensive guy; I score goals and make some plays," he said. "I definitely need to work on skating, and I need to be faster. Skating is such a big part of the game at the next level.

"One of the hardest parts of the game is the mental aspect, which is not something most people who don't play hockey would know about. So many mistakes are made on every shift. You have to shake those off and not let that carry over to the next shift."

Blasi said Meyer has a passion for the game, which will help him in his quest to improve before entering the professional ranks.

"Carson is a very outgoing guy who loves hockey, loves his team, loves his teammates and loves playing the game," Blasi said. "He's a guy that has a knack in front of the net for scoring goals. He has all of the ability, but we have to make sure he is playing at a consistent high level and make sure he remains accountable for things.

"He'll be getting back to work at Miami in the middle of August to focus on what's important and to get ready to play at the next level. We as a staff have to create an environment to get him ready, and the team ready."

Heading back to college as an NHL draft pick, Meyer doesn't feel any added pressure.

"I try to take things day to day," he said.

"Maybe there will be pressure as we move closer down the road, but right now I'm focused on Miami."

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