Senators bigger, but does it mean better?

Nick Paul helped lead the North Bay Battalion to the OHL final last season. (IAN MACALPINE/QMI...

Nick Paul helped lead the North Bay Battalion to the OHL final last season. (IAN MACALPINE/QMI Agency/Files)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:49 AM ET

OTTAWA - Waiting for the Senators to drop the other shoe on a trade provided an opportunity to check out how the newest prospects -- all 18 feet and 11 inches of them -- measured up to the group that was already in place.

Maybe this team is no better (offensively) today, but it certainly is getting bigger.

When they dealt Jason Spezza, they had just one forward (Colin Greening) as tall as 6-foot-3 on their NHL roster. What they got back was 6-foot-4 Alex Chiasson, 6-foot-3 Alex Guptill and "close to" 6-foot-4 Nick Paul, who's also tipping the scales at 218 pounds these days.

"I was 5-foot-5 my draft year into the OHL ... I think I've grown into my body," the 19-year-old centre said at Senators development camp Wednesday. "I'm getting my man strength. Everything is just clicking for me now."


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