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McGrattan back in town - excited for new season

Friday, 08.18.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 53 11 48 7 59
B. Ryan 52 19 26 -1 45
M. Hoffman 49 23 18 6 41
M. Stone 51 14 24 -13 38
M. Zibanejad 52 11 21 -2 32
K. Turris 47 13 17 -10 30
J. Pageau 53 12 8 3 20
Z. Smith 52 10 5 5 15
C. Ceci 46 5 10 -3 15
C. Lazar 48 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 21 17 4 .913 2.91
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10