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Curtis Lazar on his 2014 audition in Ottawa

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

Much of the talk surrounding Senators rookie and training camps have centered around 2013 first round selection Curtis Lazar and his chances of making the NHL roster. Entering camp as a defending WHL and Memorial Cup champion after a very solid 2013-14 season, there are many who expect Lazar to contend for a spot on the Senators' roster for game one in Nashville.

In addition to coming off of a season in which he was very effective for both the Edmonton Oil Kings and Canada's World Junior squad, Lazar has added 10-15 pounds of muscle which he believes should help him compete against the bigger, stronger professional competition.

"We'll see, there has been a lot of speculation this summer and I'm just happy to come here and play — just be myself. I'm not expecting a lot of myself, you just come to try and learn," said Lazar. "They've got the vets in place who really helped me out. It's my second camp, I just want to take a step forward and see where it leads me."

In 58 games with the Oil Kings last season Lazar recorded 41 goals and 76 points before adding 10 goals and 22 points during the WHL playoffs.

The Senators begin their rookie tournament campaign at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.

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