Ottawa Senators Assistant General Manager Randy Lee took a few moments to offer up his thoughts on the first day of the 2015 Development Camp.
On players who stood out during the physical testing:
I think some of the guys we wanted to "lean out" did that. We saw that today with Alex Guptill and a number of other players. Strength-wise, we were really impressed with Nick Paul. He's really become a man and he's much bigger and stronger. Guys like Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick, who have already tested very high in terms of conditioning, still pushed enough to elevate their past test scores. There were a lot of positives today.
Ryan Dzingel taking part in the physical testing portion of Development Camp
On if the physical testing was a wake-up call for first-time camp attendees:
Definitely. It was an eye-opener with how competitive guys are and how hard they pushed in these tests. At the end of this, they're going to get a snapshot of exactly where they're at in comparison with everybody at Development Camp so they get that picture of where they rank and then what we do is transpose that onto our main camp testing so they see how actual guys in the NHL test.
On players who left a good first impression during the on-ice session:
A couple guys had really good starts. Nick Paul again, Tobias Lindberg, Matt O'Connor was really good. We know it's tough for some of the Europeans who may have just found out Saturday that they'd be attending, spend yesterday travelling here and then on are on the ice today but a lot of guys really stood out today.
On Jonathan Pitre addressing the team:
Some of the guys said it was one of the most inspiring things they've ever seen. Some guys knew about the story but hadn't seen the video and even guys who had seen the video were further inspired by talking with him. To see his presentation, to see how articulate he was, he painted a really good picture about perseverance.
You can check out all the best pics from this morning's physical testing here.