For many Sens fans, Jonathan Davidsson remains a bit of an unknown. An injury forced him out of the marquee events at Development Camp this offseason but the 22-year-old Swede is fully recovered and hoping to show that his offseason training has paid off.
"I focused a little more on strength this summer and put on some muscles but I wanted to make sure to keep my speed," said Davidsson. "I worked really hard with my personal coach back in Sweden and we were making noticeable progress every week."
Davidsson wasn't cleared to take contact during Development Camp and missed the team's scrimmage and 3-on-3 tournament as a result. He believes his participation in this tournament is a great way to make up for those missed opportunities to make a positive impression on the Senators staff.
"You always want to play good in any game," he said. "But this is my first real opportunity to play in games like this where the coaches, management and fans in Ottawa are all watching so I want to make the most of this weekend."
Belleville Senators head coach Troy Mann has had limited viewings of Davidsson since being acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline last February. But from what he had seen of the Djurgardens' product, was enough to warrant some prime opportunities in the Rookie Showcase opener last night.
"We started him on the first power play unit last night with Brown and Batherson. Two things that have really stuck out to me before this tournament was his speed and his shot," said Mann. "He's still a little bit of an unknown but based on watching him over the 6-7 days at Development Camp and so far this week, he should be a dynamic player for us over the course of this weekend."
Davidsson netted the Sens' 6th goal of the night yesterday thanks to a lovely bit of passing from his linemates Josh Norris and Jonathan Gruden en route to an 8-1 blowout win against the Jets. With Davidsson expected to play in both remaining games this weekend, he believes it's a prime opportunity for him to continue to showcase his skills in a real-game environment.
"I want to show my speed and competitiveness," said Davidsson. "I also want the team to see that I have the ability to create chances whenever I'm on the ice."
As the Sens get set to open their 2019-20 training camp next week, the final two games of the Rookie Showcase could be an excellent springboard for Davidsson to get some more buzz going internally as he eyes one of the potential NHL opportunities up for grabs with the Senators.
"You've got upper management and all the coaches watching these games and with some spots open on the NHL roster in Ottawa, these games are a great opportunity for him," Mann said. "The fact that he was the final cut in Columbus last year says a lot about how he's developed since being drafted in the 6th round two years ago."
Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. tonight at CAA Arena against the Montreal Canadiens' prospects and you can catch all the action live on TSN.ca, the TSN App and on TSN Direct with no blackout restrictions.