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Puempel: Making Friends With A Hockey Rival

Wednesday, 29.06.2011 / 11:26 AM
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Puempel: Making Friends With A Hockey Rival

(Left-winger Matt Puempel of the Peterborough Petes was one of three first-round picks by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, held at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. He’ll be sharing some thoughts about participating in his first Sens development camp in a series of blog posts for ottawasenators.com).

It’s been a ton of fun so far this week for me at Senators development camp. To get on the ice yesterday with Marc Power, the skating coach, was great. I was pretty fortunate to skate with Nick Foligno. It was just him and I on the ice and that was definitely cool. You can learn a lot from something small like that. It was a lot of fun and I’ve been having a blast.

As you might know, I had hip surgery a few months ago and while it isn’t affecting what I can do, Ottawa is kind of guiding me through this camp and treating me differently. Whatever they say, I do. (Senators goaltender) Pascal Leclaire had the same surgery, so they know the protocol and it couldn’t be a better situation for me that way. They’ve treated me great and they know how to react to something like this.

I’m rooming with Shane Prince at the hotel. We didn’t know each other too much before now, although we did play in the Top Prospects Game together. We battled each other all year — our teams play eight times a year, and the Peterborough-Ottawa rivalry in the OHL is pretty big. But we’ve started to get to know each other here and he’s a really good guy. We’ve talked a bit about the games we played against each other and there were a few stories shared. But mostly, we talk about the camp and being friends.

I’ve definitely found the training routines here to be different. They break down everything more. If someone can do a hundred squats at 400 pounds, it’s not as important as making sure you have good technique. You learn specifics about stuff like that. What I’ve learned in the past has been much more general, so I’m definitely learning so much here and I continue to learn every day.

It’s been so great to be able to learn so much and you can take a lot home with you when you leave this camp. If you learn something every day, you can make yourself better and if that’s what you do here, you’re going to be so much better off for it in the long run.

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  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 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
4 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
5 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
6 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 74 19 41 9 60
K. Turris 74 22 32 -1 54
B. Ryan 70 18 35 9 53
M. Stone 72 19 33 14 52
M. Hoffman 71 26 20 19 46
M. Zibanejad 72 19 24 2 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 54 13 14 -10 27
D. Legwand 72 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 68 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 12 8 .923 2.48