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5 Questions with Mike Hoffman

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

With less than a week remaining in the 2015-16 season, we fire 5 questions at Sens leading goal-scorer Mike Hoffman.

On establishing new career highs in goals, assists and points this season:

Coming off of last season, obviously you want to take the next step forward and improve a little bit. That was my goal coming in to this season, to take that next step and build off of my rookie season last year. My goals and points and what not...I passed that a little bit. We've still got a couple games here and there are still a couple goals that I'm trying to reach before the season is over.

On leading the team in goals for consecutive seasons:

That's the type of player I've been throughout my career in Junior and in the AHL. I guess it was just proving to myself that I can do it at this level and have the confidence that you're going to be able to do it. Believing and having confidence in yourself is half the battle so being able to show that I am able to score at this level definitely was a good sign.

His thoughts on his average shot length this season (38.4 feet - the furthest distance from the net among Sens forwards):

I guess I do take a good amount of shots from around the top of the circles to the blueline through screens. A lot of my goals have come that way and that's because if the goalie can't see the puck, they can't save it so shooting through screens is the best way to make it tough on the goalie. If I get the opportunity to do that then I definitely look to take advantage of those.

Mike Hoffman leads the Sens in goals (28) so far this season.

On the team's inconsistency at times this season:

That's kind of the game of hockey. Obviously you try and limit those flat starts to as few as possible or at least try and hold it to a tie game maybe until you do get your legs underneath you. Over the course of the season you're not going to be able to play your best hockey every night. It's almost physically impossible so that's why you have a system and structure that you can rely on when you don't have the best legs or the energy if you run into a tough schedule that month. Those are the kinds of things that take experience to find out in this league and hopefully we can learn from those mistakes this year.

His approach for the final week of the season:

You just want to play solid hockey and finish the year on a high. I think if I play well, play the right way and work hard then points and goals will come with that.

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