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McGrattan back in town - excited for new season

Friday, 18.08.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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McGrattan back in town - excited for new season
McGrattan, left, celebrates with Wade Redden after scoring his first NHL goal against Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 19, 2005. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Senators sophomore forward Brian McGrattan is back on the ice in Ottawa preparing for his second NHL season. This past week McGrattan, along with Senators Daniel Alfredsson, Wade Redden, Denis Hamel and a host of other NHL players have been working out at the Bell Sensplex in preparation of upcoming NHL training camps.

"I've been skating the last two weeks," McGrattan said on Tuesday in between on-ice sessions. "I got here early last year too and it helped a lot. You get out here and it's quick passes, it's pretty high-tempo and it gives you two hours to work on fundamentals before you go workout in the gym."

While McGrattan, 24, continues to strive to become the best player he can be, he also made sure to enjoy some time away from the rink and gym this summer. The 6'5", 238-pound forward and his younger brother Daryl, 22, traveled to Europe for a vacation that lasted two-and-a-half weeks.

"We went to London, to Paris, to Rome and Barcelona - we had a great time sight-seeing," McGrattan says. "I went to Europe when I was 15 but I didn't get to see much because I was there for hockey. To experience the culture was a lot of fun."

Among the highlights during the trip that lasted from July 5 to 24 were stops at Buckingham Palace, the Vatican, the Eiffel Tower and the Coliseum.

While on vacation, McGrattan missed some of the action this off-season as general manager John Muckler was busy putting together a different look to the team. McGrattan is excited to meet his new teammates.

"I think the new guys are going to help a lot and I'm looking forward to (the season) again," McGrattan says. "Last year, I have to say, those were the best guys I have ever played with. Everyone got along so well. I'm looking forward to this year and hopefully we can finish a bit better."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06