Paul MacLean spoke to the media after the Senators practice and scrimmage on Friday afternoon. Here's what he had to say...
Erik Karlsson was listed as the betting favourite to win the 2015 Norris Trophy this season by online outlets this week. Erik gave his thoughts on the news when asked about if he thought he could win the award for a second time in his young career.
"There's speculation here or there, there's 82 games to go. I want to be better than I was last year and I want our team to have success this year. That's where I'm going to improve my game," said Karlsson. "If I can help this team win games I don't really care if I win any trophies or get any awards."
On if he'll hit 80 points on his own?
"We'll see, we'll see what happens. Hopefully we are under 150 goals against."
With instant chemistry on a line featuring Curtis Lazar and Matt Puempel dating back to Rookie Camp, Buddy Robinson has opened many eyes in his second training camp with the Senators. His size, skating and ability to play all three zones for the team have earned him a place practicing with the NHL regulars through a week of camp.
"It definitely helps being my second year. You know what to expect, you come into camp and know more of the guys, you feel more comfortable," said Robinson. "You can relax on the ice and show what you can do."
"They're two really skilled guys, Curtis and Pumps, they know how to get open and score goals and that makes it easy for me to get them the puck and make me look good. We just feed off each other and are really helping each other out through this whole camp so far."
In his first full season with the Binghamton Senators, Robinson recorded 15 goals and 31 points in 69 games after finishing his final college season with eight goals and 16 points in 38 games at Lake Superior State.
Senators prospect Fredrik Claesson has stuck with the main group through training camp to this point playing primarily with Sens star Erik Karlsson. Claesson had this to say about the opportunity to play with the Norris Trophy winner and fellow countryman.
"It has been unreal, he's one of the best players in the game right now so I'm just happy to be playing with him," said Claesson. "The more games I can get with him, I don't know, it's just fun."
Claesson is coming off of a three goal, 29 point season with the Binghamton Senators where he recorded the highest plus/minus on the team with a plus-37.
Senators prospect Matt Puempel stuck with the NHL group skating at Sens practice after the AHL and NHL groups were separated on Thursday. On Wednesday night he potted his first ever NHL pre-season goal in a Senators uniform. He gave his thoughts on making the decision difficult for the coaching staff.
"I think that's what you want to do. Everybody wants to come in and make the coach's job that much harder and decisions for management that much harder," said Puempel. "At the end of the day they decide what's best for the organization and your future. I just want to work as hard as I can here and still learn every day but I think I've learned a lot over the last couple of years. I'm putting that forward here and it's nice to see it pay off a little bit."
Fans looking for their next opportunity to see Puempel in action can check out Fan Fest on Saturday, Sept. 27, which will feature a Senators scrimmage and a pair of Sens practices.
Senators head coach Paul MacLean spoke the media on Thursday after the team split its training camp groups in half. Here's what he had to say after the first round of "cuts"...
Senators centre Mika Zibanejad talked about his developing chemistry with linemates Milan Michalek and newcomer Alex Chiasson on Wednesday. The trio scored a goal and look very dangerous in their first competitive action against the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon. Here's what he had to say...
Senators defenceman Cody Ceci fielded a number of questions about his training camp and outlook for the season at Canadian Tire Centre today. Here's what he had to say...
Bobby Ryan will suit up for the Sens tonight after being held out of action in Newfoundland for precautionary reasons. Here's his update on his health...
Senators forward Colin Greening had a Hollywood moment in his hometown of St. John's, N.L., on Monday night as he entered the fourth round of the shootout to a raucous ovation before receiving an even bigger one after scoring with a high backhander. Greening talked about the special experience for both himself and his family in the crowd after the game.
"Regardless of the score, this was a really special time for me to be home and spend time with my family. I had my mom and dad here, a lot of aunts and uncles. To play a good game — I think most people would agree that was a pretty entertaining game to watch," said Greening. "With a goal in the shootout, I'm glad we could give them a good show."
"Newfoundlanders like to stick together. It was pretty nerve-wracking when I hopped over the boards. I think I was more excited than nervous, I think I just blacked out and went in. When I saw the puck go in I was elated."
Where does that reaction rank in terms of crowds he's heard?
"It's unique, this is home for me and it's special to be able to do in front of my mom and dad and a lot of people who don't normally get to see me play."