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Stone after one weekend

Monday, 11.03.2013 / 2:49 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Stone after one weekend
Mark Stone joined the Sens lineup last Wednesday in Toronto and has had two games to work his way into the first squad. It has been an adjustment for the 20 year old after missing a few weeks with a hand injury, but he appears to be settling in.

He played 39 shifts in his first two games and put a pair of shots on goal. The good news is Sens fans can expect both of those totals to go up as he gets his legs back and figures out how to get to dangerous ice.

Here are some of Mark's thoughts after a weekend in the NHL...

On his game and how it feels to get in the lineup...

Not bad. Obviously it's a bit of an adjustment because I haven't played much hockey in the last month and a half. I was excited, it's easy to get up for games, that's for sure.

On adjusting to the NHL game...

I'm still trying to get faster and that'll come. It's my first two regular season games in the NHL and you can only go up.

On if playing in MSG a second time was easier than the first...

Yeah for sure, I mean, especially with last year being playoff games, the intensity was ramped up to the extreme. Obviously regular season is a little bit different so it's a bit easier of an adjustment for sure.

On learning from other young players like Mika Zibanejad and Jakob Silfverberg...

You ask them questions. They've been here longer than I have obviously. They're great young players and you can learn from everybody in this locker room. But, to have those guys play half the season in Bingo with me and to get to know them really well has made it easier for sure.

On getting ready to play the Bruins...

I'm excited, nervous. Every team is a new team for me so I'm excited to see how we can match up and I think we'll be just fine.

Obviously we have seen a learning curve with other players to come up and join the team. Stone will be no different. The number of players who can make a seamless transition from junior hockey or the AHL to the NHL is a very small one.

Stone will be playing on a line with Zibanejad and Chris Neil (to start) Monday's game. If all goes well, expect him to get a couple of dangerous chances with those two who both spend a fair portion of their game around the opponent's red line.


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