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Sens Development Camp Wrap

Tuesday, 08.07.2014 / 10:00 AM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
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Sens Development Camp Wrap

4:30 PM: Sens prospect Kelly Summers wasn't on hand in Philadelphia to be drafted by the Senators so they recreated the moment for him in Ottawa on the last day of Development Camp.

Take a look...

11:45 AM: Cody Ceci and Andrew Hammond were inducted into the Sens Development Camp Hall of Fame for being camp attendees who played their first NHL games this year.

Take a look...

11:15 AM: Curtis Lazar was awarded the Hardest Worker award at this year's Development Camp for his efforts over the week.

Here's what Lazar had to say about his development camp...

On the camp:

It has been a long week but it has been a lot of fun. I wish today would have went differently for Team Red but it's a lot of fun to see the guys here and ultimately we're trying to leave an impression on the coaching staff and I thought I did that for the most part.

On his approach:

I'm one of the youngest guys here but I've had great guidance and leadership from the guys that have the leadership and experience. Mark Stone, Cody Ceci, the guys who know what it takes to be at that level. I try to take as much information as I can from them but I also just be myself enjoy it.

On if he put more pressure on himself this year:

Yeah, a little bit but then I just go and do my thing. It's the middle of summer, I just finished a long season so I know there's still some rust. I'd say it was only a couple of days ago I started to feel comfortable. It's good to get out here and get the proper training and knowledge. This week is all about learning.

On the influence behind his work ethic:

I guess my parents have raised me the right way. I've always tried to be as humble as possible at all and I'm a firm believer in doing things the right way to get the job done before moving on to the next thing. If you stay there and grind it out detail by detail by any means you're going to see the results and when the finished product is done it's going to be worthwhile.

On the number of times he has been a captain:

I'd say probably four or five times... I captained the Super Series team for the WHL last year. That was only a couple of days but it was pretty fun because Griffin Reinhart is the captain of our team and he was there and I got the 'C' over him at that event which was pretty cool... I love it, you have that expectation that you have to take care of your team and get them ready to go on a nightly basis. You're the ring leader and the way that you go the team should be going. You can lead by example, you can lead in the dressing room with your voice and all that but that's something I like to embrace and really be a part of.

Here's what Sens assistant GM Randy Lee had to say about Curtis Lazar who was named the hardest worker at this year's development camp...

On the award:

It was a really tough one again this year because we had a number of guys. We asked all of the coaches who were involved in the program, the conditioning coaches, the on-ice coaching staff and Curtis Lazar will be the hardest worker at this development camp, which is really good for him because he has played a lot of hockey this year. This guy has gone through a lot with his team, with the World Juniors and he's also going to camps this summer with the World Juniors. He's going to be playing a lot of hockey but he came in, he has worked his rear end off. He has been good on the ice, he has been good off the ice, at the activities. I think it's well deserved

On a top prospect taking the award:

No sense of entitlement. He basically came in like a first year guy all over and it was genuine. It was not showcasing himself, he did it because that's just the type of person he is.

On moving forward having won the award:

I think he'll be very proud of earning it but I think he knows the situation he's in about earning a spot. He sees the talent, he sees the competition and he knows he can go back. He knows there's no shortcuts, he really has to do his best this summer and he's trying to figure out how to balance the time off to make sure he has recovered well and still put in time for the training and handle the World Junior camp as well to make sure he does his best at training camp.

On honourable mentions for the award:

There were a lot of guys. There was Garrett Thompson, there was Max McCormick. We had a number of guys step up which was nice to see. It was a tough decision and we debated long and hard.

10:00 AM: After a long, action-filled week, Ottawa Senators Development Camp has come to an end. What started with headshots and physical testing on July 1 culminated with the annual 3-on-3 tournament and awards presentation.

Take a look at the highlights from Monday's tournament here...


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