Sens rookie forward Ryan Dzingel shares a few quick thoughts after the morning skate as the team prepares to face the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Canadian Tire Centre.
His early thoughts on his first 6 NHL games:
My first game I was in awe of everything and it was kind of a right-off for me. I was just along for the ride and now I'm just trying to make a push forward and make a difference for the team. Like I said to some other guys about getting called up, you want to help the team win any way you can...that's the biggest thing so my first two games were good and then we slipped off a little bit. I'm getting an opportunity tonight to play with two great players and two well-known NHL forwards so it's going to be really exciting for me and obviously they see fit that I can help the team there so hopefully I can do that. I think I've showcased myself pretty well with my speed and making plays but at the same time I want to get my first. Chances are great but I've been real close and I want to get my first here.
On potentially earning a top 6 opportunity from his work in the bottom 6:
I think I had a lot of scoring opportunities and a lot of good plays with Neiler and Lazar. It's good to show them that I can be a bottom 6 guy, I could throw my weight around a little bit and have some offense in a 3rd or 4th line role where teams don't always have that. It's good to showcase that I can do multiple things. The NHL is a hard league to crack so if you can be multi-dimensional and play different roles that's key. Obviously, I want to keep making plays and if I find Turris or Bobby in the slot it's probably going in the back of the net. Just try to create space for those guys and move my feet down the wall. Coach Cameron likes high pace so I'm just going to move my feet, get on the forecheck and cause a lot of open ice because if Bobby gets some open ice, good things happen.
On his comfort-level in the NHL after 6 games:
I don't think comfortable is the right word. You never want to be comfortable...especially here. Guys are always trying to come for your spot so I think confident is a better word for it. I feel a lot more confident in my game and I've proved to everybody on the coaching staff and the GMs that I can play here. Now it's just showing them that I can do it every single night. You can't be "one night on" and then "one night off" in the NHL so I'm just going to keep showing them everyday that I can be here. This second line role is a great opportunity for me to showcase my speed and my skill. I feel a lot more confident and game-after-game I'm learning from guys like Bobby and Turris and Neiler and just trying to talk to everybody and take little things from their game it's been great for me so far. I'm pretty happy with my game other than putting one away.
On facing the Sabres tonight:
I think I watched that game and I think the boys had a lot of shots on net and a lot of opportunities but I can't speak too in-depth since I wasn't here but I think if we keep getting shots to the net and keep challenging their goalie that good things will happen. 12+ shots a period and good things are going to happen.