Swede emotion in Sens camp

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:51 AM ET

OTTAWA - How Swede it is around the Sensplex these days.

The Senators development camp is littered with prospects from Sweden, including first-round pick Mika Zibanejad, highly touted David Rundblad, speedy Andre Petersson, intriguingly talented Jakob Silfverberg, plus middle-round picks Fredrik Clausson and Marcus Sorensen.

Just wait until they are joined by Daniel Alfredsson, Erik Karlsson and Robin Lehner at training camp. GM Bryan Murray is one free-agent signing from reaching double digits in Swedes.

Zibanejad, who could be the Senators’ second-line centre next season, was given No. 12 to wear. How fitting. He resembles Mike Fisher in physical style — and both are right-handed shots. The Senators say Zibanejad has better hands and will be bigger (at 6-foot-2, he’s already taller).

Zibanejad said walking into Scotiabank Place for the first time was “unreal.” Of course, the first veteran he met was Alfredsson.

“He’s a real nice guy,” said Zibanejad. “Really like to talk to him, get to know him a little bit. That would help me a lot. With so many Swedes, and the captain from Sweden, I’m really happy for that.”

Ice chips

Winger Nikita Filatov is scheduled to arrive in Ottawa Wednesday. Obtained in a trade with Columbus, the former sixth overall pick will be here until Friday, when he rejoins his family on vacation in the Dominican Republic ... The I-can’t-believe-we-got-those-players-when-we-did guys from the draft for director of player personnel Pierre Dorion were 67’s Shane Prince and Olympique Jean-Gabriel Pageau. "People say there’s an Ottawa connection,” said Dorion. “The Ottawa connection is they’re good hockey players and we see them a lot. I know they’re not big, but the way the NHL is these days, you look at the success Boston had with smaller players ... if they’re small players and they compete, they will be NHL players.” ... The Senators had Prince ranked in their top 30 (he went 61st), which means that, counting Filatov, they believe they left with five first-rounders ... While they didn’t make qualifying offers to RFAs Cody Bass, Ryan Potulny and Jason Bailey, they did, and thus retained the rights, to Bobby Butler, Erik Condra, Roman Wick, Geoff Kinrade and Kaspars Daugavins ... On-ice sessions at the Sensplex resume Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and are open to the public.


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