We catch up with Sens rookie forward Nick Paul who shares a few quick thoughts after the morning skate as the team prepares to face the St. Louis Blues tonight at Canadian Tire Centre.
On if his game changes moving to centre tonight:
I don't think too much. The difference is going from covering the the point to the guy down low. I just have to be strong down long, move my feet and stay with him and be physical. I'm a big body and I'm a strong guy so when I get down low and their centre wants to curl I just finish him through the boards and get the puck real quick.
On earning the coach's trust:
Obviously when you get more ice I think the coach trusts you a little more but you can never look too far into that because you never know what can happen. You can make one bad play and sit. For me, I treat every game like a tryout. I put my best foot forward and just go from there.
On gaining confidence at the NHL level:
Every game I get more confident. When the bounces are going your way too it helps. The biggest thing I've learned this season playing in the AHL is that confidence is key. When you start second-guessing and gripping your stick too tight that's when you make mistakes. So I just told myself being up here to just be confident in what you do. You gotten this far so just trust yourself. That's what I've been doing, I've just been playing hockey and trusting myself and listening to the coaches and the vets.
On crossing paths with Robby Fabbri and other former teammates in the NHL:
It's definitely cool/weird. Being on his team last year, he's still a young guy. He's a '96 and seeing him in the NHL producing is good for him but tonight our goal is to shut him down and shut his team down. When I go on the ice, he's not a teammate anymore. It's definitely cool to see former teammates move on but tonight I hope we get the best of them.
On if he plans to grab a Cody Ceci bobblehead tonight:
Yeah I might want to grab one. Cody sits beside me so I might put it in my stall and joke around with him a little bit.