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Dev Camp Daily: Drake Batherson

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We spent a few minutes chatting with Sens 2017 fourth round pick Drake Batherson after the annual Development Camp scrimmage to talk about his beauty goal during the 3-on-3, soaking everything up this week and more...

His thoughts on the scrimmage:

It's a little faster than Junior but after the first 5 minutes I think you get used to it and you feel comfortable. When you're comfortable I think that's when you are at your best. So yeah, it was nice.


On how skating against the veteran prospects in the scrimmage can help his development:

It was nice playing with the pro guys. It felt good out there. You get a taste of what it's like and you have to work hard and use that in your training over the summer and coming into rookie camp. 


On the 3-on-3 portion of tonight's scrimmage:

I like the 3-on-3. You get a lot of chances and a lot of space so it kind of fits my game well. It's a lot of fun.


On his breakaway goal tonight:

That's one of my favourite moves so I said 'why not try it'. It ended up working out today.


His thoughts on Development Camp so far:

It's a lot of fun. We're all working hard and there's a lot of fun skills and skating stuff. It's going well so far. It's a great group of guys here and I'm really enjoying it.


On being exposed to different training and techniques this week:

Back home I was never really exposed to this kind of stuff so I'm really learning a lot this week. I'm just taking it all in and it helps a lot.


On what he's looking to show Sens management during Development Camp:

I'm just coming in and working hard, playing my game and just having fun. When you're having and working hard I think that's when it all goes well so that's what I'm trying to do.


On knowing some of the other prospects before coming to Development Camp:

Shane Bowers and I played against each other growing up so he's a guy here that I'm comfortable with and I talk to. There are a few guys from my league also like Thomas Chabot that I know from playing against them but I didn't really get to meet them until this week.


On being familiar with Ottawa before being drafted by the Sens:

I came up to watch a few games a couple of years ago so I'm kind of familiar with the city. We also play right across the river in Gatineau so on our days off we'd come over and just tour around a bit. It's a really nice city.


His first impressions of the Sens organization:

It's a really high-class organization and everyone treats you so nice. Overall it's been great so far.


On getting to spend Canada Day in Ottawa this year:

It's going to be cool. I've never been to downtown Ottawa on Canada Day but I heard it's a lot of fun so I can't wait to enjoy it.
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