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#SensDevCamp: Day 1

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

5:15 PM: Sens TV was in the dressing room for the introductions this morning. Take a spin around the room and see who is in attendance at this year's development camp.

5:00 PM: For Michael Sdao, July 3 marks not only the first day of the 2013 development camp but his 24th birthday as well. He offered up his thoughts on day one of camp and his past season as a whole after the team's on-ice practice...

On his past year:

It was good. It was good to get in there and get some experience and finish up school at the same time. Now I'm a hockey player, I'm not a student anymore so it's been good.

On the jump from college to the AHL:

It's been great -- every time you play against better players you become better too. It was definitely a good experience in Binghamton and it'll be good heading into camp this year.

On his style:

I'm a physical defenceman, I move the puck and just try to keep it simple. I play a hard game, try to keep guys honest and just be a hard player to play against.

On today's testing:

It went well. All of my numbers improved from last year so it's definitely moving in the right direction.

On what spurred that improvement:

I think working with Chris Schwarz and just working hard, being in the gym and getting the work done.

On what he's looking forward to in camp:

The game and the 3-on-3 are fun, I think that's definitely the highlight for most of the guys.

2:00 PM: The players have hit the ice at the Sensplex and have been welcomed by a packed crowd. This picture comes courtesy of the Sens Foundation's Twitter account...

1:30 PM: The team is on its way to the Sensplex for their first on-ice workouts of development camp.

1:00 PM: With their physical testing and Sens TV sit-downs in the books, the players are getting ready for on-ice work at the Bell Sensplex. As you can see, Mark Stone is bravely working through a question that may or may not be about his favourite meal.

8:30 AM: It's that time of year once again.

With another draft class in the books a hoard of prospects and young NHLers has descended upon Ottawa to be put through the wringer that is Sens Development Camp. Every homegrown player produced by the Sens has gone through the process and it's time for a fresh batch to have their shot at making an impression.

This blog will be updated throughout the day so stay tuned for the best of the festivities right here.

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