Foligno stands out among prospects

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

With a couple of other top picks in sick bay yesterday, forward Nick Foligno had a chance to steal the show at the Senators' prospects development camp.

Foligno, 19 and the Senators' top pick, 28th overall, last year, caught the eye as the prospects wrapped things up with a 3-on-3 tournament at the Bell Sensplex.

Senators GM Bryan Murray liked what he saw from Foligno, who attended Senators camp last year and went on to have 31 goals and 57 assists with Sudbury of the OHL, helping the Wolves to the league final this spring.

GOTTEN STRONGER

"You can see he's got quicker hands, he's more confident. He's stronger," said Murray. "The (Wolves) at the end of the year had good success and those are the things that help guys mature and develop."

"This year, I want to make a name for myself and try to crack the roster," said Foligno. "I'm going to give myself every chance this summer by working hard."

Defenceman Brian Lee, taken ninth overall in 2005, didn't play because of a leg injury, nor did forward Jimmy O'Brien, the Senators' top pick in Columbus last month, who is coming off shoulder surgery.

LEE TO ATTEND CAMP

Lee, who left the University of North Dakota after two years, signed a contract Tuesday and will be at camp this fall.

"He's put on some weight. He's not quite the baby face he was," said Murray. "He's coming out early. He's a big, rangy kid, he skates really well, he's got hands. Is he strong enough? Has he developed enough? That's the thing."

It's expected forward Ilya Zubov will return to Russia to play for another year.

Goaltender Brian Elliott, who led Wisconsin to the NCAA championship a couple of years ago, was sharp yesterday and won the goaltending competition.

The tournament was won by Team Black, comprised of Danny Bois, Eric Condra, Eric Gryba and Matt McIlvane.


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