It was one of the first things he did on his first day as the Senators' senior adviser to hockey operations as he embarked on his new career as an NHL executive under general manager Bryan Murray.
"I watched the skating test this morning and there's a lot less anxiety when you're upstairs than when you're on the ice," Alfredsson said Friday afternoon.
"We just came from a meeting downstairs, Bryan addressed all the players before camp really starts, and you're looking at the room and you see all the players here with big eyes, excited and nervous.
"I've got that feeling again in my body. I can really relate to that."