(Centre Shane Prince of the Ottawa 67’s was a second-round choice by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The native of Spencerport, N.Y., is attending his first rookie camp and tournament with the team and will share some of his experiences in a series of blog posts for ottawasenators.com).
We started out our rookie tournament against the Penguins today and I thought it was pretty fun. I knew a lot of guys out there from junior hockey and stuff, but I thought it was a really good experience. I think I did a really good job and we got the win 4-0, so it was a great way to start.
The coaches had me playing on a line with with Mika Zibanejad and Andre Petersson. They’re very high-skilled guys and I work well with guys like that, who are offensive minded. Both those guys are goal scorers and I’m a bit more of a playmaker. They’re good guys to play with and for our first game, we did really well. We had numerous scoring chances today but we just couldn’t find the back of the net. To find chemistry like that right off the bat was pretty cool and the goals are going to come eventually.
The arena here in Oshawa is real familiar to me. We play here three times a year with the 67’s, but I think one game is usually enough to feel comfortable in a rink. I like playing here. It’s kind of hard to explain why to non-hockey players, but you do feel more comfortable in a rink once you’ve played there at least once. Every rink has a different feel but coming in here, I felt pretty comfortable because I’ve played here numerous times.
I can't say I felt too nervous coming into the game today. I’ve been to so many camps in the past where I’ve had to go out and prove myself, so it’s just another day for me, really. I’ve got to prove myself again here and I just want to have fun with it. I know that’s when I play my best.
I’m rooming with Matt Puempel here this week. At development camp, we roomed together as well and now again here. He’s in Peterborough with the Petes and we play them eight times a year with the 67’s, so I know him pretty well. I don’t think there’s a guy here I don’t get along with. It’s a bunch of great guys to be around.