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Ceci: Intensity Already Running High At Camp

Wednesday, 06.27.2012 / 7:20 PM ET
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(Ottawa native Cody Ceci was the Senators' first-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft held in Pittsburgh. The Ottawa 67's defenceman will provide readers with some thoughts about his first Senators development camp in a series of blog posts for ottawasenators.com).

Two days into development camp and I have to say it’s definitely been a cool experience already. Just skating with these guys has been high intensity. It’s different and it’s fun. I haven’t played at that high a level of intensity since the playoffs with the 67's. It's nice to get back to that.

Cody Ceci and Senators prospects at development camp spent their lunch hour today with season-seat owners (Ottawa Senators Hockey Club).

There is a ton of skill on the ice at this level and it’s really intense. Everyone is trying to reach the same goal, so everyone’s pushing just as hard. They’re nice guys off the ice but when we’re on the ice, everyone is competing hard against each other

Already, I’ve met a ton of guys since I’ve been here. I knew a few of the guys coming in and they’ve introduced to me to some of the guys they’ve met in the past few years. It’s all coming together and I’m getting to know a bunch of great guys

I’ve played against (Stefan) Noesen and (Matt) Puempel in the OHL, and I know (Corey) Cowick and obviously (Shane) Princey, since we’re teammates with the 67’s. A few other guys I’ve just seen around.

We were invited to a luncheon today with some high-end season-ticket holders, the people who pay a lot of money to come to our games every year. It’s cool to see that kind of support from the fans. It's the same with 67’s. We’ve got a great booster club and to see all that support means a ton to us.

It’s huge to reach out to fans this way. The more you connect, the more they want to support you. And the more support you have, the better the chance you have of winning because you get momentum from the crowd. It’s pretty big in hockey these days.

We’re usually done for the day around 5 p.m. and by then, everyone is pretty tired because we’re up at 7:30 every morning. We’re just kind of laying around by that point because nobody really has much energy left. We’ll go out for dinner but after that, it’s back to the hotel to rest up before we get to bed.

I'm definitely starting to settle in at this camp. I’ve been here for two days now and I’ve been treated like a pro for those days, which is really cool. Everyone is super nice in this organization and they welcome you in. Now it’s time to settle down and I know what I’ve got to do.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 53 11 48 7 59
B. Ryan 52 19 26 -1 45
M. Hoffman 49 23 18 6 41
M. Stone 51 14 24 -13 38
M. Zibanejad 52 11 21 -2 32
K. Turris 47 13 17 -10 30
J. Pageau 53 12 8 3 20
Z. Smith 52 10 5 5 15
C. Ceci 46 5 10 -3 15
C. Lazar 48 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 21 17 4 .913 2.91
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10