Senators defenceman Cody Ceci fielded a number of questions about his training camp and outlook for the season at Canadian Tire Centre today. Here's what he had to say...
On the expectations surrounding his play:
It's an awesome feeling for me and I just need to come out and start like I did when I first got called up last year. I've had a pretty good summer training here with Schwarzy and the Sens staff and I think that really helped me out. It gave me a little bit more edge, I just need to come out here and play some good hockey.
On if he's at a disadvantage because of the numbers on the blueline:
A little bit but it was the same thing last year and they ended up making room. I was happy with the opportunity that was given to me and I felt like I earned it last year. That's what I'm going to have to do again, it's no secret I'm the only guy on the two-way so I'm going to have to earn that spot again.
On if the pressure is different:
Playing that many games last year, a lot of people are expecting me to play again and they don't realize what's going on with the contract situation. I'm just having a little bit of extra pressure from family and friends but I just need to go out there, play my style of hockey and hopefully make a good case for myself.
On where he'd like to progress:
Produce a little bit more, I produced more in junior than I did last season. It was definitely a big jump for me so now that I'm a bit more comfortable maybe get back to playing a little more offensive and see what happens.
On if he passed up opportunities to score last season:
A little bit and the speed surprised me too. You definitely have a lot less time so you need to get them off a little quicker even if the quality of the shot drops a little bit. It's better to get it off than get it blocked or taken away.
On jumping up more this season:
Not overly, not getting away from my defensive style. I think they like me as a two-way guy so I need to stay sound defensively but at the same time not pass up opportunities to get up in the play and make stuff happen.