With Sens Rookie Camp kicking off today, many of Ottawa’s future stars got a chance to speak to the media. With the first game of the Rookie Camp tomorrow at 2pm against the Pittsburgh Penguin rookies, the young guns had a practice today in Ottawa before they head out to Oshawa.
Let’s take a look at interviews from 2011 first round draft pick, Mika Zibanejad; 2009 first round draft pick, Jared Cowen; defenseman David Rundblad and Ottawa GM Bryan Murray. (All videos courtesy of SensTV)
Z-Bad is here to win the second line center spot and will be in tough with Peter Regin and Stephane Da Costa. He seems confident in himself, but I think the best route for the organization and Zibanejad is for him to spend one more season in Sweden playing a whole year against men. This way, Zibanejad can come to Ottawa next year stronger and with more experience.
Cowen is primed to take a serious run at earning a spot on the Sens blue line this season. With the need for a mobile shut down D-man in Ottawa, Cowen has an outside shot at cracking the squad. However, I still think it’s best for Cowen to go down to Binghamton to at least start the season so he can hone his skills without the pressure of performing here in Ottawa. That way, Cowen can get used to the speed of the pro game and make the proper adjustments.
Rundblad is entering his first Ottawa training camp as the star prospect in the organization. Highly touted out of Sweden after winning the award as the Swedish Elite League’s best defenseman, Rundblad is looking to steal a spot on the Sens blue line. But the NHL game is very different from the SEL game and I think Rundblad will need some seasoning in the AHL as did Erik Karlsson in his rookie season.
Murray is happy with all the prospects at this year’s Rookie Camp and the competitiveness that will be present. He thinks that some of the prospects will push for a spot on Ottawa’s roster, and if so, Murray said he would make moves to accommodate any outstanding play by a prospect. He also said there is no pressure on any of the prospects to make the team this year as they are more concerned with their development.
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