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Lessard looks forward to the next chapter of his career

Tuesday, 07.4.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Lessard looks forward to the next chapter of his career
Pierre-Luc Lessard goes through a skating drill with a parachute at the Bell Sensplex during the 2006 Ottawa Senators development camp.

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators 2006 fourth-round draft pick Pierre-Luc Lessard is looking forward to the next step in his hockey career in the Maritimes next season.

The former Gatineau Olympiques standout defenceman was traded to the Prince Edward Island Rocket of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League after 2005-06.

"I don't know one guy (in P.E.I), so it's going to be a new start," Lessard said during a break from on-ice workouts at the 2006 Ottawa Senators development camp. "Trades are part of hockey, and I'll just go there and meet new friends. I'm moving a bit away from home (Thetford Mines, Que.) but when you love the sport, something like this isn't a letdown."

As an 18-year-old, Lessard admits some of the older Senators prospects have had an advantage over him at the development camp, but the main thing is he's learning from the experience.

"It's hard because a lot of the other guys are bigger and stronger. This has been good though because I know where I have to get stronger and the power-skating work will help me. Things have been very intense. The (other prospects) have been really good, too. I'm the only French person here but they've been very patient with me because I don't know a lot of English."

Playing hockey in Gatineau last season, Lessard started to become a fan of the team that just recently drafted him.

"I watched a lot of Sens games last year, and my billets were fans."

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Wiercioch 6 2 2 0 4
M. Zibanejad 6 1 3 0 4
E. Karlsson 6 1 3 -2 4
M. Stone 6 0 4 0 4
M. Hoffman 6 1 2 -3 3
B. Ryan 6 2 0 1 2
C. MacArthur 6 2 0 -2 2
K. Turris 6 1 1 -2 2
C. Ceci 6 0 2 0 2
M. Michalek 6 1 0 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 2 2 1 .972 0.97
A. Hammond 0 2 1 .914 3.44