Bobby Ryan took part in his first scrimmage with the Sens today after finally being united on the ice with his new linemates Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek yesterday. Ryan dazzled some spectators with fancy stickwork and his finishing ability and appears to be settling in to his new surroundings.
He spoke today about how he's settling into his new line and system three days into camp.
Here's what he had to say...
On today's scrimmage:
It was basically our first scrimmage as a group and I felt really good, I think the pace of the group was good. It's a little tough with the position things that have to work themselves out, it's a bit of a kamikaze game I guess, but I think we've made some chemistry, we felt good as a line and we'll go from there.
On the chemistry:
I thought it went really well today but it's tough to get an accurate representation. Guys are out of position and running around a little bit, but we found each other quite a few times, Milo was obviously real big in it with us and I thought we played with the puck pretty well as a threesome.
On prep for pre-season games:
We don't know if we're playing or not, I'd imagine we'd be in one of the two, but we'll cross that bridge when it comes. Just want to get through tomorrow's bag skate.
On the pace of the system:
I think there are a lot of similarities between the two teams (Anaheim and Ottawa) in that regard, I think both teams try to transition very quickly so there's a lot I'm used to. In Anaheim we interchange a little more and play different roles and I know Paul is very, very tight about sticking in your lanes so there's that little adjustment there, but not much I think. I haven't noticed a big difference, the practices have been pretty close and similar as well.
On if there are defensive style differences:
We haven't even worked on it, it hasn't crossed my plate yet and I haven't seen it once or anything. I think that's something you work on later on in camp when most of the guys are here and you can kind of focus on it with your core group of guys and that kind of stuff. I've heard the key words are 'move it up ice' and you can pick up on all the tendencies there, but we haven't even touched that yet.
On if his comfort level is increasing:
I think that's one of those weird things where yesterday I was just trying to find my footing and you don't want to try to much and you just want to shoot from the outside. Today I felt much more comfortable. When you can try those moves and whatnot you get into your comfort zone and you feel a bit more of a rhythm like I did today. I think the scrimmage was a big part of that when you can make those moves at the end or have that confidence.
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