Cory Conacher was one of the most impressive Sens throughout the pre-season, scoring a goal in four straight contests to close out the exhibition season and finish up in a tie for fourth in NHL pre-season goal scoring. As things stand, he completes the second line with Clarke MacArthur and Kyle Turris as they'll look to keep their hot play going into the regular season.
Here's what Cory had to say after today's practice...
On providing offence to help the top line:
It's very important, you know, you want all four lines to be able to chip in once and a while. It's important for us and our first line, we have a dominating first line and they'll have their nights off every once and a while so it's important for the second, third and fourth line to be able to step up when they have to. I'm just looking to be a consistent player this year and be reliable both in the D-zone and the O-zone. It's important for me to make sure diabetically are good and I'm eating well and sleeping well and prepared for each and every game.
On the diabetes as an issue:
I don't think so, I have so much of the new technology that it's really an easier disease to handle. As long as I'm eating well and sleeping well I've got a thing where I always know where my blood sugar is at, I have the pump, I have different things that help me with the disease. I have two parents that call me every day to make sure I'm on the right track so with that diabetes shouldn't be an excuse that I'm playing bad because I should be all over my numbers.
On if he's enjoying the moment making the team:
For sure, I've had some talks with Pageau and Da Costa congratulating each other, but yeah, there's a guy like Mika Zibanejad, Stone, Hoffman, Prince, whoever it is in the minors right now that are eager to make an impression down there, to get their chance to come up here in Ottawa and they've showed they can play on this team through the pre-season and so yeah, you can't get too comfortable but us three have to be willing to compete with each other throughout the season as well to make sure we're getting each other better, coming in early to get a little workout in, or whatever it is to make sure we're ready for each and every game.
On his chemistry with the second line:
They're two guys that are pretty easy to play with so I think as long as you put in the time with those two guys both on and off the ice that things will develop and chemistry will develop. I'm going to continue my role as the guy who tries to win every puck battle, win all the races to the pucks, if pucks get chipped in I'll be first on it, I'll drive the net hard. I just want to try and create space for them because they're two guys that are really good with the puck and they like to have the puck and they're two good shooters as well so as long as I'm being a little bit of a pest in the O-zone that'll create a little more room for them.
On getting the season going:
You see the jitters and guys are twitching a bit, they're anxious to start and it's going to be tough for us to watch those first couple games tonight, but we're excited. I'm excited because I'm going back to Buffalo and back to Toronto for the first couple of games so it's going to be a nice experience for me and my family and friends to be able to watch me to start off the season, especially on a line with Turris and MacArthur so I've got to battle hard these next couple of days in practice to show that I'm willing to stay with that line. Hopefully it all works out and we get off to a good start.
Here's Cory's scrum courtesy of Sens TV:
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