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Gryba: The call was "surreal"

Friday, 15.02.2013 / 3:55 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Gryba: The call was \"surreal\"



The Ottawa Senators are replacing an Erik with an Eric on their roster, but that won't be carrying over on to the ice.

Eric Gryba joined the Sens on Friday after being called up. While the prospect is having a great season in Binghamton with the Baby Sens, his style of game couldn't be much more different from that of Erik Karlsson.

"Karlsson's an irreplaceable player," Gryba said. "I'm not going to come in here and do anything other than what my strengths are: hard work, physical presence, keep it simple."

"You're not going to see too many toe drags from me out there but hopefully I keep the puck out of the net."

At 6-foot-4, 222 pounds — a frame reminiscent of players on NFL defences — it's fitting he'll sport the number 62 for the Sens. He goes about his business the way many football linemen do — a lot more physicality than flash.

With the chance of his first ever NHL action coming Saturday night in Toronto, Gryba has the opportunity to walk into one of the biggest stages the League has to offer: The Battle of Ontario on Hockey Night in Canada.

Needless to say, it doesn't get much more exciting than that for Gryba or his family and friends.

"I'm excited to get the chance to hopefully contribute to that," Gryba said. "Last night I called all my buddies who are Leafs fans to let them know and see if they wanted to come down to the game."

A mentor for Gryba this season has been his head coach in Binghamton, former Senators defenceman Luke Richardson. Gryba has flourished in The 'A' this season under Richardson, posting a plus-28 in 38 games despite only recording 11 of his own points.

Not only that, but there's a good chance he would still be standing in Binghamton had Richardson not been there to wake Gryba up when he got word.

"It was surreal," Gryba said. "I stood there and Luke kinda had to snap me out of it, I couldn't believe it."

Good coaching can go a long way. For Gryba, it took him over 400 kilometres.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49