After the first on-ice session at Dev Camp, we caught up with Sens prospect Filip Chlapik to talk about his dedication training, wanting to show he's ready to take the next step in his development and more.
On coming into Development Camp in great shape:
I worked really hard all last summer and this offseason so far. I took a week off after the season and then got right back to working out again. I wanted to make sure I came to this camp in great shape to show them that I care. I think the physical testing this morning showed that I came prepared and that my training has increased. I want to show them that I'm ready.
On not being happy with his showing at camp last year:
My Development Camp last year wasn't great and was a learning point for me. I think I showed during the season that I've changed and my game has changed as a result. I want to be an NHL player. That's what I want to show this year to the coaches and staff, that I want to play for the Ottawa Senators.
On what changed in his game last season:
I think it was just my compete level and I became an all-around player. Two years ago, I was a player that just liked to make plays but this season I was a player that was hard to play against. Compete hard, finish checks and I showed that my game is not just about points but I can do the grind work too.
On what he's looking to show at this Development Camp:
I just want to show them that I'm ready to go and I want to earn a spot on the roster this year or next year. I want them to see that I've changed from the player that I was here last year.
On what he's looking forward to this week:
Everyday has something special like today's skills session on the ice with Jari. Those are things you don't get to practice very much. Each day here is a learning experience and I'm looking forward to just being around the coaches and other prospects.