Sens Assistant General Manager Randy Lee offers up his thoughts on a few of the prospects he felt stood out during yesterday's Development Camp scrimmage...
Miles had a tough year last year because he was a first year guy at college, his role was really restrictive so we found he played sort of hesitant and it was tough for us to watch that. He realizes that he has to earn his ice-time and earn his coaches confidence so we he showed last night was great. He looked confident walking the line, he was going in and out of the zone, he wanted the puck, he was much more assertive so that was a really good sign from Miles.
To be honest, last year was a rocky year. It was very inconsistent and a lot of up and down and setbacks. Myself, Shean Donovan and anybody that worked with Gabriel sent the same message: "you've got to pick it up and you've got to be more intense an you've got to play harder". The skill-set is there, the hands are there, the body's there. His body needs to get stronger, that's a big tall frame and that's going to take time but he has to put a lot of work in there but it's the pace he plays at and the intensity that he plays at. Last night was a lot better. It's a step forward. He's got to be the hardest working guy on his team or in the the top 5. That's his challenge in practice, in games and his compete level every game has to be the same.
Nick's a top player and I'm really proud of Nick's attitude during this camp. He's one of those veteran guys that played some NHL games and he came in with a great attitude. He's worked his rear end off at every event, on-ice activities and off-ice activities.
Really impressive. He's a guy that's a bit of a challenge because his English isn't the best so for some of the seminars we have to help him to make sure he's absorbing the information but he's really showing well on the ice. I don't see amateurs so this is the first time I'm getting to see Markus and I was really impressed the way he played last night.
The benchmark for him is that he has to dominate. It's just not good enough for him to be a good player, he's got to dominate in every aspect because that's where we expect him to be. If he wants to challenge for a spot on our team next year, it's either Ottawa or back to Junior, he's got to dominate this level.
He's a guy that had another couple rough years at Merrimack. He was sometimes really good and sometimes not so good so he had some frustration but I think he's understanding his role now. He understands how he has to play everyday and he's embracing that role. If he has a really big year I think he's going to push us to challenge to sign him next year.
Our scouts did a really good job getting guys in on invites but one guy who's really impressed me is Michael Babcock and the way he works. This guy is tenacious. Pound-for-pound he plays hard. Some guys do it off-ice and you don't know if they do it on-ice...he did it on-ice last night and that was impressive to me.