With his ability to think and play the game at such a high speed, Ryan Dzingel has found opportunities up and down the Sens' line-up during training camp as he looks to carve out a spot on the team's roster come opening night.
His thoughts on his training camp so far:
To be honest, I think I've had a good overall training camp. I'm happy with the things that I've done so far but there are also some things I'd like to correct. There's been a lot of scoring chances I haven't put in the back of the net but other than that I took to heart what the coaches wanted me to do. They wanted me to play both ends of the ice, use my pace and my speed so I'm just continuing to try and show that I can play all through the line-up. I've had some chances with Bobby and Brass and then Neil and Kelly too. I just want to show that I can play every night at the same pace for all 60 minutes and anywhere in the line-up that they need me.
On finding a spot in the line-up:
I just want to help anyway I can. When I first got to pro hockey I thought I was a first or second liner and then I slowly realized that you're not going to crack an NHL line-up on #1 or #2 usually. You're going to have to start on the third or fourth line and I think the coaches in the AHL and my teammates last year helped me out a lot to learn the ins and outs of the third and fourth line. Just by using my pace and my speed I can do a lot of things that a lot of fourth liners can't. I'm just learning from the other guys and how to play that two-way game. I'm trying to be more physical and do whatever it takes to get to the dirty areas so I can play that third or fourth line role.
On how he has meshed with Guy Boucher's practice style during training camp:
My whole life has been pace and speed so I think it suits me very well. I can remember when I was a 14 and 15 year old, my coach John Hall for the whole practice would yell "move your feet Zinger!". I think from a young age, my coaching staff, my family and everybody knew that speed is my game. That's been instilled in me from a young age so I can play at that pace. I think coming in to this camp when the coach mentioned pace and speed are his two favourite things...I had a little grin on my face because that's all I am pretty much.
On wanting to make a good impression in Winnipeg:
I want to show a full, complete game again. I don't think there's one thing that I haven't shown that I need to, I think it's just an overall game. The coach stressed that every night, back-to-back, whether it's a long day of travel and you're playing Monday/Tuesday: you have to bring it every night. I'm just going to show what I've been showing, my pace and my speed. Mixing it up if I have to. It's not just one thing I need to show, it's just my overall game again.