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From the coach: Jan. 5th, 2020

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Following today's Sens Skills presented by Sport Chek, Sens head coach D.J. Smith shared his thoughts on the event and results as well as providing a few updates on some of his injured players.

His thoughts on Sens Skills and the impact it can have on young fans:

We're in a process where we have some older guys that have been here and the fans really like and then we have some young guys that interact really well with the fans and the kids. We're all building this together: the team and the fans. Events like this help them associate with this group of players. I know when I was a kid watching Steve Yzerman and them in Detroit, it's days like this where you pick your favourite player and that's the guy you cheer for for the next 20 years.


On Christian Jaros winning the fastest skater competition:

He's a powerful guy, he's played well for us in spurts and certainly you can see how strong he is. You see it in practice sometimes but maybe not as much in a game as a defenceman.


On Nick Paul once again winning the hardest shot competition:

He's strong, he's big and has a long stick. That's what they say about golfers who can really drive the ball too. The guys that can drive it the longest usually have that extra-long driver so I think it might be the long stick. I didn't shoot it very hard though so I don't know.

Video: Clapper, Slapper, it don't matter just make it hard.


On his son Colton taking part in some of the events along with other minor hockey kids:

I'm sure he thinks he belongs but there's a lot to work to be done for him to get in front of real fans.


An update on some of the injured players who didn't take part in Sens Skills today:

All maintenance related for the guys like Borowiecki and Tkachuk. We expect Duclair to practice in full tomorrow and we'll know more after that but we do expect him to play against Washington.


On if any of his injured defencemen will be ready to return on Tuesday in Washington:

I think DeMelo and he might be the only one. Shortly after I think you'll see Hainsey and Zaitsev back here in the next 7 days.


On how his defence pairings could look when everyone is healthy:

I would like to get Hainsey back with Chabot. I think DeMelo and Borowiecki play well together and then you have Zaitsev and Reilly which would give us a really competitive defence corps.


Full results from today's Sens Skills can be found here.

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