Curtis Lazar fielded a number of questions from the media at the onset of Rookie Camp. Sens TV was on-hand with Curtis. Take a look...
Matt Puempel spoke to the media on Thursday when Sens Rookie Camp opened its doors. Here's what he had to say about his upcoming year...
Binghamton Senators head coach Luke Richardson will lead the Senators rookies at the 2014 tournament for a second consecutive year this weekend. Sens TV caught up with Richardson at Senators Rookie Camp as the team prepares for its first game in London, Ont.
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Among the players believed to be in contention for a spot with the Senators this season is 2011 first-round pick Matt Puempel who is coming off of a 30 goal campaign in the AHL as a rookie. Puempel has seen growth in all phases of his game, leading many to believe that he is a strong contender to make his NHL debut in 2014-15. A focus area to improve his game this season? Lower body strength.
"I think the biggest thing was leg strength. You realize how much you have to skate throughout the year and how rough it gets in the corners and how strong you have to be on the puck. That's something I really focused on this year was a lot of lower body mobility and strength," said Puempel. "It's something I feel comfortable with now and something which, talking to Ottawa, was something I had to work on and single leg stuff. I feel good."
In 74 games with the Binghamton Senators last season, Puempel recorded 30 goals and 48 points as an AHL rookie. He earned the Binghamton Rookie of the Year award and finished amongst the AHL's rookie top-10 in both goals and points.
Much of the talk surrounding Senators rookie and training camps have centered around 2013 first round selection Curtis Lazar and his chances of making the NHL roster. Entering camp as a defending WHL and Memorial Cup champion after a very solid 2013-14 season, there are many who expect Lazar to contend for a spot on the Senators' roster for game one in Nashville.
In addition to coming off of a season in which he was very effective for both the Edmonton Oil Kings and Canada's World Junior squad, Lazar has added 10-15 pounds of muscle which he believes should help him compete against the bigger, stronger professional competition.
"We'll see, there has been a lot of speculation this summer and I'm just happy to come here and play — just be myself. I'm not expecting a lot of myself, you just come to try and learn," said Lazar. "They've got the vets in place who really helped me out. It's my second camp, I just want to take a step forward and see where it leads me."
In 58 games with the Oil Kings last season Lazar recorded 41 goals and 76 points before adding 10 goals and 22 points during the WHL playoffs.
The Senators begin their rookie tournament campaign at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.
Nick Paul answered a number of questions from the media today on day one of rookie camp. Here's what he had to say...
Senators prospect Nick Paul has opened many eyes after being acquired by Ottawa in the trade which also brought Alex Chiasson and Alex Guptill to the Sens from Dallas. Paul had an impressive showing at Team Canada's World Junior development camp after helping lead the North Bay Battalion to the OHL Final. He talked about his showing in front of Canada's selection group on day one of rookie camp.
"I came in the underdog, people were saying, 'who's this Paul kid? Should he be here?' I knew right off the bat I'd have to leave a big impression," said Paul. "I went in there, put my best foot forward and had a good first game. I had some people talking about me. After the second game people were talking about me and using my name a lot. I think I went in there and left a good impression and hopefully I can get the season going well and make that team."
In 67 games with the Battalion last season, Paul recorded 26 goals and 46 points during the regular season before adding 12 goals and 18 points in 22 playoff games.
The Ottawa Senators opened their annual Rookie Camp on Thursday as the club's prospects and a handful of invitees arrived at Canadian Tire Centre to prepare for this weekend's rookie tournament.
Sens TV was on-hand to capture the highlights of the day's on and off-ice activities.
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A pair of Ottawa Senators were on the air with TSN 1200, the radio home of the Sens, on Thursday. Free agent acquisition David Legwand joined "In the Box" on Thursday morning while prospect Matt Puempel caught up with "The Drive" after a day of work as part of Sens Rookie Camp.
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Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson was in New York City this week representing the club at the NHL and NHLPA's annual media tour.
Check out some of the best shots of Erik's visit to the Big Apple.