Lee in dogfight for D spot


, Last Updated: 9:03 PM ET

OTTAWA - Its same old, same old for Brian Lee.

The Senators defenceman is one of eight bodies on a crowded blueline trying to earn playing time, but the clubs top pick in the 2005 NHL draft

has been through this before and hes not going to let it bother him.

While Lee managed to get into the lineup for 50 games last season after regularly being a healthy scratch under coach Cory Clouston, hes going to try to earn more playing time and the confidence of new coach Paul MacLean.

Im just trying to keep things simple and work hard, said Lee, who trained with former Senators winger Matt Cullen in Minnesota in the off-season. Im trying not to worry about it.

Lee has a real battle on his hands if hes going to get more playing

time this year. The Senators would like youngsters ared Cowen and David Rundblad to play. It could easily leave Lee as the odd man out.

We have lots of good players, said Lee. Im just going to do what I do well and things will take care of themselves.