On Day 2 of Development Camp presented by Sport Chek, we checked in with Sens prospect Filip Ahl to talk about his season with the Regina Pats, his plans for next year and more.
On his experience in the WHL with Regina last season:
I think it was a really good experience for me and I think I did well. Our team was really good the entire season and it was a big year for me. I stepped up my game and I got a lot faster out there. That was the biggest reason why I moved over to North America, both Ottawa and I had been talking about it for awhile so it was a big year for me both on and off the ice.
On the transition to the smaller ice surface:
In the beginning, for sure there was a difference but it was really good for me because I'm a big guy out there, I'm strong with the puck in the corners and I win battles so I think it was a big key for me. It was actually good for me that the rink was smaller.
On his WHL playoff experience:
It was great. The fans were so good. The team played really in the first round but the second round was much tougher. Our captain, Adam Brooks, got injured and I got the mumps so it was a rough time and we were down 3-1 against Swift Current. Then I came back from that and we ended up winning that series. It was a great experience.
On his Regina teammate and Sens 2017 6th round pick Jordan Hollett:
Jordan's a great goalie. He's big, he's flexible and he has everything you need to be a special player. He has a great work ethic too. He was injured at times last season but he just kept going, did the rehab and came back stronger. He's a really good goalie.
On his plans for next season:
Right now, I'm not quite sure. I signed with a team in the SHL back in Sweden but we'll see how Development Camp goes. I'm going to try to do my best here and then I'll head home and practice even harder. The plan is to just keep working and then we'll see.