SenShot was able to sit down with Ottawa Senators prospect Zack Smith at the Binghamton Senators Open House a few weeks ago. Smith was drafted 79th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Zack has made huge strides in his tenure with Binghamton and is expected to crack the big club lineup in a few years. Here’s how it all went down with Smith.
Bobby: Thanks for spending your time with us, Zack
Zack: No problem
Bobby: So, what were your feelings the night before the night of the Draft?
Zack: I felt nervous and excited at the same time. More nervous, though. I was told I would likely not get drafted in the 1st round but I came anyway.
Bobby: When you were selected by the Sens, how did you feel?
Zack: I felt relieved that the day was over and I finally could get some rest in the days to come.
Bobby: Did you like it that you were drafted by the Sens?
Zack: Of course I was. Ottawa always used to be one of my favorite teams and they have a successful franchise. I was happy to be a part of it and try to help them right away.
Bobby: How was your first training camp with the Sens?
Zack: It was really exciting and I still can’t believe I had the chance to play with great players such as Daniel [Alfredsson], Jason [Spezza], Dany [Heatley], and Mike [Fisher]. I learned a lot from those players and the cam on general and it helped me prepare for the upcoming season.
Bobby: You played your first game with the big club against the New York Islanders this season. How did it feel to achieve your dream of playing the NHL.
Zack: Of course it’s everyone’s dream to play in the NHL, and I couldn’t believe it when I played that night. We lost and I didn’t get any points which was pretty disappointing for me, but I know I tried my best and I hope I could translate that into seasons to come.
Bobby: If there was one thing you could choose, what was the most important thing you learned in Binghamton this season?
Zack: I’d have to say Endurance. I played a full season as a pro, something I was happy about. It helped my fitness and made me ready for the game.
Bobby: If there was one person in the NHL you would compare yourself to, who would it be?
Zack: I definetely hope I become Wayne Gretzky (laughs). But, I would have to say a blend of Jordan Staal and Zack Stortini. I have a good shot and like to play with an edge to my game. I’ll stand up for my teammates and battle as hard as I can.
Bobby: Last question, who was your favorite team when you were growing up?
Zack: I liked Ottawa as I said before, but may favorite teams were the Oilers and the Leafs. I’m a fan of the game first though and a fan of the NHL.
Bobby: Thank you again, for your time, and best of luck next season wherever it will be!
I’d like to thank Zack Smith for his co-operation with the interview. Now, discuss Sens fans.