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Catching up with: Christian Wolanin

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

We track down defensive prospect Christian Wolanin after this morning's on-ice session at the Bell Sensplex to talk Development Camp, spending Canada Day in Ottawa and more...

On some of the unorthodox drills during the skill development sessions at Development Camp:

They're for sure unorthodox as you said but I grew up always kind of doing figure skating and little skill work like that. With my dad having played he knows what it takes and getting me to do that stuff at a young age was good. You use it in a game whether you know it or not like yesterday with the power-skating and edge work, it's tedious and kind of boring while you're doing it but it's so impactful on what happens in games. The stickhandling is something else that you can always improve. Every guy who's been in the league for a long time knows that you always need to improve on the little things so it's good that we're out here doing it.

On wanting to leave an impression during his first camp:

I came for the experience for sure. I came to kind of see what it's like and what it takes to play at the next level. I'd like to leave a good first impression with the new coaching staff and everybody up top. I think I've been doing a good job so far.

On spending Canada Day in Ottawa:

I've heard it's a lot of fun. I'll be missing the 4th of July because I'll be here for camp but I'm a dual citizen so I'll celebrate Canada Day with the guys. I've heard it's a great time obviously with this being thre capital of Canada and it should be a fun time.

On the step-up in competition during his freshman year at the University of North Dakota:

We had a really special team obviously with the National Championship so they made it pretty easy on me. You could definitely feel the jump and naturally every level you move up there's going to be new players and new levels of competition but I thought I handled it pretty well. I look forward to making the jump up here one day.

On looking forward to tomorrow night's scrimmage:

You come here and do the practices and there are certain drills where you don't know if you're proving yourself or showing what you've got so there's no better time than a game-like situation.

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