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Off-season training paying off for Puempel

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

After not seeing his name included in the team's latest roster moves, Matt Puempel looks to continue his strong showing at training camp and carve out a place in the Sens' opening night line-up.

On making it through another round of roster moves:

Anytime they kind of trim things up it's nice to be on the side that you want to be on and the positive side. At the same time, things aren't done with so I need to keep working hard everyday. There are a lot of intangibles that I can't control so I just come to work everyday. That's what I've been doing since camp opened up.

On being able to show the offensive side of his game during training camp:

It's something that I wanted to be able to do and produce. I'm happy with how things went in the 6 games so far. A couple of back-to-backs but I feel good, the body feels good. It's been a lot of hard work in the summer and you can feel it paying off when you're still feeling good. Obviously those are things on the ice that you can control, when you get on the ice play as hard as you can and adjust to the systems. I'm happy with that so far.

On playing in all 6 of the team's pre-season games so far:

Everytime they've posted the roster I've been on it so you just go out and play. You don't really think about why you're playing or why you're not playing. During the game with the minutes you're given, you have to try and do the most with them.

On the messaging he's receiving from the coaching staff:

Obviously we have brand new everything this year, which I think the team has adjusted well to top-to-bottom honestly. Everything we've seen here, I've never seen before so it's all brand new. It's a good thing too. When things don't go well as a team you want to change things up and I think that's what they've tried to do and incorporate here in the later parts of training camp.

On starting over with a new coaching staff:

You start over with the coaching staff by meeting 6 or 7 new people, new faces. It's the same organization, same players and a new general manager but he's been here for awhile so that part you're kind of used to in a way. Obviously the coaches are all start and new systems.
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