We sat down with Sens forward Ryan Dzingel today after the morning skate to talk about his new linemates, picking veteran's brains during practice and more...
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Working on his shot with Mike Hoffman at the morning skate:
I was just looking at his stick. Obviously he shoots the puck better than most people and I try to pick everybody's brain a little bit but he shoots the puck so well. He got a new stick today so we were just talking about that and I was checking it out for myself too because I always try to change things and tweak things and be better so I try to learn from everybody. He's a guy that you want to learn from about one-timers.
On skating on a new line with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Tom Pyatt last game:
Last game was a lot of fun for me, those guys work hard and you know what they're going to bring every night. They're both really fast and I was telling them the other day that if the puck goes in the corner they're always the ones coming out with it. You have to play to their strengths and I'm trying to get to the net more for them and do the little things. Now we're playing against the other team's top lines, they've been doing that most of the year, so I get to learn the ins and outs of playing against top guys every night and I think last game it worked out very well. I think I had the most ice-time I've had all year so those guys obviously helped me out a lot. We're going to play a little bit different than with Turris and Hoffman I think (laughs) but all the same it's just as fun, if not more fun, playing with them the other night.
On if he sees playing in a shut down role as a vote of confidence from the coaching staff:
I think it's more that a solidified forward came in and kind of took my spot (laughs). He (Burrows) is a great player and you know when they bring in veteran guys that you might get bumped down the line-up. You just have to keep playing and doing your thing and I think I showed at the beginning of the year that I could play on the third or fourth line and make a big difference there. Not only offensively but I can play defensive as well. I don't think it's a vote of confidence, I think it's just a thing where I have to adapt. I'm a young guy and you gotta do what you gotta do.
On his time spent in Columbus at Ohio State:
I loved it. I went to school there for 3 years, made a lot of best friends that I still talk to today and my girlfriend is from there. I owe a lot to the school and to my friends there that still help me out every day. Nothing but great things to say, I go back there in the summer for a month every year so it's my second home.
On attending Blue Jackets games while he was at school:
There were these cheap, $20 student tickets back when I was there so I used to go to a lot of games whenever I could. Mostly weekday games because in college we never played on weekdays so I went to a lot of games while I was there.