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Summer 7: Matt Puempel

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Sens prospect Matt Puempel answers 7 questions about his injury status, his goal for training camp and more...

His thoughts on the 2015 Sens Development Camp:

It was good. I stayed out of the contact stuff, the scrimmage and the 3-on-3, after talking to Gerry Townend before the camp so that was always the plan. It felt good to get back on the ice and I felt strong on both feet. Since the camp happens in the middle of summer, it's a good introduction to off-season skating for a lot of the guys.

On his highlight from camp:

Going to the Red Blacks game was a lot of fun and I know that all the guys really enjoyed that. It's always great seeing all the other guys from the ones you've played with to some of the newer draft picks.

On the biggest thing he took away after Dev Camp:

I think the way that the injury responded on the ice. It's nice to see the results of the rehab and I didn't feel it at all to be honest. That was a big positive for me.

On the first thing he's going to do when he gets back home:

It's always good to be home and spend some time with friends and family before the hockey season starts. You're still skating and working out all the time but I think it helps to spend some time away from the mental side of the game during the off-season.

His plans for the rest of the summer:

I went away in May for a week so I think my holidays are done for the summer. I'm pretty much just focused on next year. I'll still find some time for rest this summer but there's a lot of work to put in and that has me really motivated for the main camp to start.

On players he skates with in the off-season:

Back home, I'm good buddies with Zack Kassian who just got traded to Montreal. Some other guys like Aaron Ekblad and Kerby Rychel, Steve Ott, Mike Weber, Adam Henrique...it's actually beneficial being in Windsor as there are a lot of good pro guys from there.

On looking forward to next season:

First and foremost is to make the team. In the past years, you come to training camp to learn and develop but now after the experience I got last season something I want to do is come here and make the team. That's the mentality I'm going in with and I'm excited to get started.

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