We caught up with Sens prospect Travis Ewanyk to talk training camp opportunities as the team prepares to face the Buffalo Sabres in a preseason game tonight.
His evaluation of his play against Toronto on Monday:
I felt I played well. My line had some really good chemistry with Dzingel and Guptill. We had some good shifts down low and generated a lot of chances and shots. Unfortunately we didn't score but we also didn't give up too much in our own end. Personally, I think I created energy, finished my checks, tried to be hard in the face-off dot, tried to stick up for guys out there and just tried to play my game.
On what management is looking for in his game:
I'm a guy that can bring some size, some toughness and go out there and stand up for his teammates. I'm also a guy that can play out there. I've never classified myself as a fighter. I think I'm a guy who can play both ends of the rink and be really strong on the penalty kill and in the face-off dot. I just try and bring as many intangibles to my game as I can.
On his showing at the rookie tournament in London:
I was an older guy there and I had played in one of those before. After two years of pro I should be playing with confidence in a tournament like that and even in these games because I think I belong here. My goal is to play for the Senators this year and that's what I'm trying to show that I can do. The rookie camp was just the first step of that against guys my own age. It was a good stepping stone to transition into these games.
On tonight's preseason game against the Sabres:
I know what kind of game I can play and know what kind of game the coaches expect of me. I'm not going to go out there and try to be someone I'm not. I'm going to go out there and finish checks, create energy, create chances down low and be strong in my own end. If I'm just worrying about what I can do instead of trying to show anything that I'm not...that's how I'm going to be most effective.