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Stone can't get the smile off his face

Tuesday, 03.5.2013 / 4:19 PM ET
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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The youth movement in Ottawa has been in full swing for some time now and the latest participant is ready to join in. With Mark Stone called up and ready to go, the Sens should have another talented offensive option in their lineup soon who will be able to contribute.

It has been an adjustment for Stone who is still adapting to the size and speed of the pro game, but he has his spot in the show for the time being on a team hoping he can bring a missing piece to the puzzle.

"I don't know if I'm the solution, I might be able to try and help. It's probably why they brought me in here. To see if I can try and help and play the way I play."

With 21 points in 38 AHL games, expectations need to be tempered for Stone. While it should be noted that for many players it's actually easier to adapt to the NHL game than the AHL because of the structured nature of play, he won't be making anyone forget about Jason Spezza off the hop.

The good news is he has plenty of other young Sens around to help him bridge the gap.

"It has definitely been easier making the adjustment. I know most of the faces up here and it's an easier adjustment knowing most of the guys."

The adjustment should also be easier given Stone's time around the big club during their playoff series against the New York Rangers. He appeared in two games and recorded a point which no doubt gives him additional confidence going forward.

Needless to say, he's enjoying the ride.

"Obviously last year I wasn't exactly expecting to get a call up and now, to get a taste is good and now I can't get the smile off my face. I'm just excited to play."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
3 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 54 11 48 9 59
B. Ryan 53 19 26 -2 45
M. Hoffman 50 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 52 16 25 -10 41
M. Zibanejad 53 11 22 -1 33
K. Turris 48 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 54 13 10 6 23
Z. Smith 53 11 5 7 16
C. Ceci 47 5 11 -1 16
C. Lazar 49 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 17 4 .914 2.86
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10