After being singled out by Sens head coach Guy Boucher for his noticeably strong play early in training camp, Filip Chlapik credits his dedication to offseason training as the catalyst and is thrilled to see his hard work paying off.
His thoughts on his play during the Rookie Tournament last weekend:
It can always be better but I think most importantly we won both games and showed that we're a really good group of prospects. Now, lots of those young players are here at training camp and we're showing that we have a really good group.
On carrying over last weekend's success into this training camp:
I'm just trying not to think about it. I see the stuff that gets written but I try not to read it and keep it out of my mind. My focus is just on going day-by-day and to come here every morning and show them that I can be a player for this team.
How his increased attention on training in the offseason is paying off:
I can really feel it on the ice. Before I never really focused on offseason workouts so this is my second summer really dedicating myself to training and I can definitely feel it in my conditioning and my strength. You can see it in my fitness results from Day #1 too. Two years ago, I was one of the last guys in the fitness testing and now I'm somewhere around the upper middle group of guys so that's something I'm really proud of. I'm eating well, I'm working hard and I think it's paying off for me.
On gaining confidence on the ice as he gets faster / stronger:
It's definitely helped. I'll go into the corners now and win puck battles and I'm harder to knock off the puck. My confidence on the ice gets better every day. It's awesome.
On head coach Guy Boucher acknowledging his strong play yesterday:
My old billet mom is watching everything so she actually sent me a text last night when I was having dinner to tell me that. It's nice that they can see the hard work that I've put in. It feels great to hear stuff like that from the head coach and now I just have to show him that I can be a player who fights for a spot in the NHL.
On trying to earn an NHL roster spot:
You just have to take it one day at a time. I'm out there battling with the NHL guys so I'm just trying to work as hard as possible to show them that I've worked extremely hard all summer to try and earn a spot. Hopefully it pays off with a good training camp.