Sens Development Camp: Day 4
Ryan Van Stralen - Shane Eiserman - Alex Guptill
Kevin Tansey - Kelly Summers
Stefan Leblanc - Matt Murphy
Please note: Sens prospect Shane Prince will not play due to injury.
2:30 PM: Sens TV caught up with prospect Matt Puempel as well as Binghamton head coach Luke Richardson to talk about Puempel's development over the past year and his chances of making the leap to the NHL in 2014-15. Take a look...
Here's Matt Puempel on his development through this past season and his outlook through development camp...
On his development camp thus far:
I feel pretty good, it's good to see the guys and get out here in the middle of summer, get some hard skates in and learn some stuff too.
On his development from the beginning of 2013-14 to now:
Going to the American League was a big eye-opener for myself, you realize how to become a complete player and how to play. I learned that in the first half of the season being in different roles that I wasn't really used to and adapting that way. I was happy to have good coaching and good support staff in Ottawa and they helped me through that. It has been a fun ride and it's fun learning that kind of game.
On approaching the summer with space in the NHL roster:
Turning pro last summer helped me, I really worked hard in the summer, worked hard on power skating and things like that. This summer is no different, it's an even bigger summer for me as Iget older here. There are spots available they and I'm only going to try to control what I can control and work hard on the ice and off the ice. My goal is to make the Ottawa Senators and play in the NHL and I'm going to do everything I can to do that.
On the scrimmage:
We don't really know the teams too well since we might be short a couple of forwards here but we all look forward to it, we all have fun with it and we appreciate the fans that come out. It's a fun part of the camp and it's going to be a good game.
On Puempel's development over the year in Binghamton:
Everybody knows Matt Puempel is a goal-scorer and we knew that coming in, but I think out of junior it's such a different game and a harder game that coming out of junior he was allowed to be that goal scorer and naturally didn't have to be that defensive player and work a little harder in the defensive zone so that's what we focused on at the beginning of the year. There was some frustration to work through obviously but he did a great job of just persevering and working through and getting harder and working on his D-zone and his defensive game. He was the first guy to ask to questions and come in to look at video so a lot of onus is on him with his own development, he did all the work and asked all the right questions. I think you saw the development and how it translated into a complete hockey player in the second half of the year. I think he had seven goals by Christmas and he ended up with 30. That's just what he is. When he's in that scoring area and it's on his stick it's usually in the net or off the crossbar. We just had to make sure we worked at the proper things to give him the best chance to make the next level.
On next steps for Matt as he looks to make the jump:
Well I think the steps he took last year were great as a start and he's got to continue. He's here this development camp working on that but he has put himself in a spot where he's fighting for a position. Last year he was a little bit green, new and it was his first real big camp and probably a little bit nervous. I think he's got to take all of those experiences and the work he has put in and put himself in a good spot to compete for a spot. If he doesn't get it right out of camp I think it leaves a great impression and with the work he put in last year if he continues with that I think you'll see him play NHL games this year. Once he gets his foot in the door and he has those opportunities he usually scores. I think there's a lot of good things to come from Matt Puempel and if it's not right away it'll be soon.
12:00 PM: With the team off the ice for the day until tonight's scrimmage, take a look at some the drills they took part in. Ryan Dzingel navigates his way through a stickhandling course while newcomer Alex Guptill unloads a wrister in a skating drill.
9:30 AM: It's day four of development camp and it's a big one! After going through the on and off-ice battery of workouts through the day, the group gets split into two tonight for the annual development camp scrimmage which is being held at the Kanata Recreation Complex this year. The festivities are set to kick off at 6:45 PM for those of you in town and looking to see the team's top prospects face off in person.
Yesterday as part of the position specific portion of workouts, the goaltending prospects were led through a cavalcade of drills by Senators goaltending coach Rick Wamsley. We strapped a GoPro to the mask of Chris Driedger to get a first person view of the workout. If you missed it, check it out here...
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