NHL.com will periodically be doing a series called "Five Questions With ...," a Q&A with some of the key figures in the game today aimed at gaining insight into their lives and careers.
As irritating to other players and as controversial as Steve Ott can be on the ice, he is just as honest when he talks to the media off the ice.
It doesn't matter if it's after a win, a loss or following a practice, Ott is typically one of the first players inside the Buffalo Sabres dressing room that the media go to because they know he'll truthfully answer some hard questions.
"They usually come to the veteran guys in the dressing room, and obviously I have lived through experiences of good times and bad times, ups and downs in my NHL career," Ott told NHL.com. "It's easy to answer those types of [hard] questions on a daily basis."
The questions this season have been particularly difficult because of how inconsistent the Sabres have been, even though they're still mathematically alive for a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs heading into their Wednesday Night Rivalry game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).