To kick off our daily coverage of Sens Development Camp we spent a few minutes catching up with 2017 6th round pick goaltender Jordan Hollett to find out how he spent his Draft day, his impressions of Ottawa so far and more...
On how he spent his Draft day:
I just had a family gathering at my house. We had my grandparents over along with some close coaches and close friends and we just hung around the house. It was about being with the most important people in your life: family. We had the Draft on the TV and I was waiting for a call.
On getting word that he had been drafted:
My agent called me and gave me the news. Then I talked to a lot of people from Ottawa. It was a great experience and I think not being at the Draft didn't make too much of a difference to me because I was with my loved ones. Just to be able to speak to the guys with the Senators on the phone and now to come here, I'm starting to fall in love with the organization. It's truly an honour.
On if Ottawa was a team on his radar prior to the Draft:
Actually no but I guess you never know what team is going to pick you or if you're even going to get picked at all. I didn't have too much contact with Ottawa but I obviously know a lot about the organization being one of the Canadian teams that we always grew up watching. I didn't know too much going into the Draft whether they were interested but again I'm really excited to get started here.
His impressions on Ottawa and the Senators so far:
It's a great first impression so far. To be here, be in the arena and to get to meet all the staff and players in the organization, I've already made a lot of great friends so it's been great so far and I'm sure it's only going to get better.
On if he knew any of the other prospects at Development Camp:
I don't know anybody here other than Filip Ahl who I played with in Regina. So obviously I know him and I know of quite a few players that came through the Western Hockey League at some point or who I grew up playing against.
On being traded to Medicine Hat at the end of his season:
I think there's an opportunity there for me. Now I have to go into camp and prove that I can be a #1 guy in that league. I've met with the head coach and GM so it's a new transition there getting used to a new team. I've already had a couple of my new teammates there reach out and contact me so that's another exciting part that I have coming up.
On completing his physical testing portion of Development Camp:
This is my first time around guys that are like 22 or 23 years old so it's a little bit different. You have to have confidence in your work ethic and what you've done so far to be able to measure up against those guys.
On getting on the ice later today:
I'm very excited to get on the ice. For me, that's the most exciting part of this week. You get to show off your skills and hard work. That's the part I'm looking forward to most.
His expectations for himself this week:
I think everybody wants to show well, show what they can do and show off their skills. At the end of the day, it's a learning process. You're learning the lifestyle, learning what you need to get better at to be able to play at the highest level.