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From the coach: Sept. 16th, 2017

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

After today's on-ice session at Sens training camp, head coach Guy Boucher provided some updates on injuries, how he plans to use his captains this season and more...

Or click here to listen to the coach's full presser.

An update on Ryan Dzingel who didn't skate today:

He has a little groin pull but he should be back by the end of the week. A couple of days…it's nothing bad. When he started feeling it we told him "come off, let's not take a chance and make it worse".


His thoughts on Chabot's play:

Chabot was one of the guys that almost stayed with us last year but wasn't quite ready. He's gained experience since last year and I think it was the right move for him and the right move for the organization last year. Now it's not a question of "if he can be on the ice with those guys", because we all know he can, it's just how much can he sustain against the NHL's speed, bigger bodies and can he defend against those guys. It's clear that he can with the puck, we already know what he is.

On Colin White's development:

What Colin has is obviously what coaches look for when they look at young guys. "Are they reliable enough for us to put him on the ice without closing our eyes?" and he has that. That's why last year we were able to put him on the ice and I think it's easier for him now not being in that pressure situation like the playoffs or at the end of the year when it's crunch time. It's sometimes not fair to put all that pressure on kids that haven't lived it yet. So he starts the year now at a training camp where he knows that he's got a legitimate chance like other guys.


On how he puts together forward lines:

All our players, for me, they play left and right and centre's play wing sometimes. That's the way the game is now, it's F1, F2 and F3. There's no corridor, that doesn't exist in the NHL anymore. It's about supporting now and it's about the closest man. It used to be that the centre is backchecking and is the low guy but you don't have that anymore. It's such a quick game and you need to be in the other team's face right away so you don't have time to wait for the centreman who fell in the offensive zone or is changing to do his job down low. It doesn't happen like that anymore.

On Mark Stone earning an 'A' this year and how he plans to deploy his captains this year:

Right now, I'm looking at different options but for sure I wanted him in there. Regardless of how we're going to do it, whether we're going to have one guy rotating, one guy steady or two and two…I think that's where Mark is. Last year was the year where I was trying to figure out "who's what" and it was tough for Mark to start the year having to be out with a concussion and then later on having a leg injury so he missed parts of the year which prevented him from being at his best all the time. I think during the middle of the year he was outstanding and was one of the better players in the league. He knows that that's what his potential is and I think he's one of those guys that has all the attributes to be one of the guys that we can look up to on our team because he's hard, it's not just his skill, he's a hard guy who goes to the net, backchecks and does all the small things right. I think that's where we are now in his development; he's grown, he saw those playoffs, he had to battle through adversity and we have to have him in there. Whether it's Turris or Stone and those guys, especially the forwards, I think we need to grow there and those guys have grown. That's why we're looking at him to really take more of that leadership responsibility and I'm sure he's going to do a great job at it.
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