Only one Senator has skated in both pre-season games so far which is exactly the opportunity that Tyler Randell was hoping for when he signed a one-year, two-way contract with Ottawa on July 1st.
After Wednesday's practice, Randell spoke about his approach to this training camp, showing he can do more than fight and his initial thoughts on his new team.
His thoughts on training camp so far:
Getting this opportunity is huge. I'm just learning every day...it's a new system and new faces. It's been an adjustment and I'm continuing to learn every day but I feel that it's gone pretty well so far.
His first impressions of the organization:
It's been unbelievable. The guys are amazing, the staff is amazing and it's a great organization. I'm honoured to be here. Growing up I watched the Leafs and Ottawa, who were my top 2 teams, and to play in those two games was surreal. It's been an unbelievable experience so far and I just need to control what I can control and keep going.
On finally skating in a game in front of his family at the ACC:
It's been a long time coming. When I was in Boston two years ago, I warmed up there twice but was out of the line-up after so that hurt a little bit. I finally got the opportunity to do it last game and I honestly couldn't explain the feeling. I had a ton of family and friends there last night and I saw them after the game. It definitely gives you that extra push of momentum and energy.
Video: TOR@OTT: Randell beats McElhinney to open the scoring
Randell has recorded 3 points (1G, 2A) in his two pre-season games with the Senators so far.
On showing all facets of his game:
I've been working on my offensive and defensive game for the last few years. Fighting has really gone down in the league and guys need to be able to do both now. You need to be reliable defensively, you need to be able to create offence and create those turnovers so you can get back on the attack. I've really worked on my skating and it's paid off so far.
His goal for the remainder of training camp:
I want to show that I'm reliable and that I can be out there in the last couple of minutes in the period. I just want to be trusted and you have to earn that trust. Be strong on the forecheck, be in position and turn pucks over and get the transition going the other way.