Bobby Brink worked out last week at the Victoria Recreation Center in preparation from his freshman season at Denver.

But his socks clashed. They had stripes in the same royal blue that represents Minnetonka High School.

An imprecise look for either squad, it was, however, the perfect get-up for Bobby Brink while he swerved around the ice inside the Victoria Recreation Center last week.

The 17-year-old right winger is a projected first-round pick at this year’s NHL draft, which begins Friday in Vancouver and Brink’s decision to split his development between the two teams led him to this recognition among the sport’s next crop of promising prospects.

“I felt like I needed to push myself,” Brink said.

Making it to the NHL has been Brink’s goal since he was 8 years old, but he’d been honing his skills long before that.

He was on the ice at just 19 months and skating by 2. A year later, he was taking in the peewee practices his dad, Andy — who played hockey and golf for the Gophers in the 1990s and now runs Breakaway Academy and Breakaway Hockey — coached.