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Gagne: "I want to show the team that I've taken a step"

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Before the puck drops on this weekend's Rookie Tournament in Toronto, Sens prospect Gabriel Gagne talks about his off-season training, goals for this camp and more.

On how his off-season training went this summer:

I focused on getting stronger. That's the thing that I really needed to work on. I'm tall but I need to keep getting stronger and I think I showed that I have in the testing yesterday. I worked out with Alex Burrows and Derick Brassard during the summer and those were some really good workouts. I already feel stronger and faster on the ice.

On things he picked up while training with Burrows and Brassard:

They're both real pros. They know what they need to do and they are just always on task. They work every day and they don't take any days off. They're pros. They've each played a lot of years in the NHL and are great role models for a young player like me. I learned a lot from them this summer.

On having a year of professional hockey under his belt coming into this camp:

My time in the American League last year is definitely going to help me this week because I'm familiar with the speed and pace of competing against older players. Last year was tough for me but I learned a lot in my first pro season.

On looking forward to playing in some games before training camp:

During the summer, all we do is train. Every day is about training to play in games so it's exciting to head to Toronto this weekend and play against the Canadiens and Maple Leafs Rookies. I'm really looking forward to it.

His goal for Rookie Camp:

I want to show the team that I've taken a step during the off-season. I worked hard all summer and I want them to see that I'm ready to play like a pro every game this year. 

The Sens Rookies travel to Toronto this afternoon as they get set to take on the Montreal Canadiens Rookies on Saturday (Sept. 9th) at 7 p.m. and the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookies on Sunday (Sept. 10th) at 4 p.m. Both games take place at the Ricoh Coliseum.

For more details on Sens Rookie Camp and this weekend's tournament, click here.

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