After today's Binghamton Senators morning skate, Sens prospect Ben Harpur talks about his expectations for tonight's game against the Toronto Marlies at Canadian Tire Centre, staying focused on cracking the NHL line-up and more...
You can also listen to the full interview on SoundCloud here.
On being at the Sens game last night and being motivated from it:
Obviously it's every kid's dream to play in the NHL and having the opportunity to watch a good team like Pittsburgh come in here and obviously Ottawa's having a good season as well. There were a lot of good players out on the ice so it was a good chance for us to see what the speed and the skill levels like at the NHL level.
On the Battle of Ontario existing in the AHL:
Yeah it does for sure. Ever since I played my first rookie tournament in London against the Leafs, I think it was 4 years ago. We're always hearing from the management and the coaches that the team really cares about that rivalry between Toronto. We've had a couple good games with them this season, obviously. Last game was a little wild; there were a lot of goals and a good comeback by us and some physicality so it'll be a good one tonight.
On having extra motivation for tonight's game, knowing that management will be there:
Yeah, there's always extra motivation playing back in Ottawa. Obviously there's going to be a lot of eyes on us tonight but I think the biggest thing for us is to treat it like it's another game… especially being in the American league as young prospects, there's always eyes on us every game. We've got to come and be consistent so it's just another game, there's definitely going to be high energy though.
On Randy Lee's comment about him being one of the best defensemen in the AHL:
Obviously it's nice to get a comment like that from someone high up in the organization. I'm going to try not to let it get to me too much; I need to keep a level head and just continue to keep doing what I've been doing. Obviously it's working if he feels that way so it's definitely a nice confidence booster but the seasons not done yet and I've still got a lot of work to do.
On his expectations from Sens fans at tonight's game:
I think it'll be great! Hopefully there's a good crowd tonight. Ever since I was drafted, the Sens fan base has been great. So I know the guys are excited to play in an NHL building, especially in front of the Sens fans.
You can catch Ben Harpur and the Binghamton Senators tonight in Ottawa when they take on the Toronto Marlies at 7:30 p.m. at Canadian Tire Centre. Tickets are available here.