SAN JOSE — The misfortune of Thomas Chabot has made the happiness of Christian Wolanin in the last few weeks.
Reminded of Belleville for the defender star of the Senators was recovering from a shoulder injury, the defender of the rookie proved that what he had shown in a trial of 10 matches on its way out of the ranks of american universities at the end of last season was not a fire of straw.
The son of the former Northern Craig Wolanin has collected two goals and two assists in seven games since (he had played a to the end of October), knowing a good end of trip in California then there was the walk for the first time in his life.
“When you’re recalled, you want to take advantage of your chance to the maximum. It is certain that I like better to be here rather than in Belleville, even if I have nothing against the place, î he told before facing the Sharks, a game where he was the player used most of his club (23:32 minutes of ice time) then he had been left to Anaheim to begin the journey before starting to Los Angeles.
“I set myself high goals and I think I played well during my 10 matches (the last year). Except that here, it’s a new season and I have not had the training camp you want. But it is in the past now and it is finished. I learned a lot in Belleville, I think that I have grown not bad, especially defensively, the aspect of the game where there are a lot of people who think that I might be having problems, even if I think I will be able to defend myself in this league, while the offensive will come naturally “, he added.
The head coach of the Senators confided, having just noticed an improvement in the defensive play of the rear of 23 years.
“He has improved defensively. The rest, it is as good as it was since the beginning. There isn’t anything offensively that he had not in the past year. With the washer and for the vision of the game, it is at a high level. It should keep things a little more simple maybe, but it does now. It is very effective with the puck and without the puck, he has improved, even if it remains a piece to make. At the beginning (of camp), he was far defensively. The gap to becoming a player of the national League constant is permanently narrowed. It has an exceptional calm with the puck “, he confided.
With Chabot, which is moving closer to a return to the game, possibly Wednesday during the visit of the Colorado Avalanche, it remains to be seen if Wolanin will remain in Ottawa where he will have to return to Belleville to continue doing his classes, who had 5 goals and 18 points to his record in 26 games with the club led by Troy Mann.
“I don’t want to make projections, because with the injuries, we never had our club complete and we had no difficult decisions to take. We’ll see, ” said the Butcher about it.
“Me, I don’t control anything other than my way of playing. I’m going to do my best each day and what will need to happen will happen. I control what I can control, this is what I have done and I will continue to do so, we will see what will happen “, said Wolanin.
THE SENATORS IN BRIEF
Affected by the tragedy of Westboro
They had a nice be on the other end of the continent, the Senators are aware of the bus accident that happened on Friday in the neighbourhood of Westboro, where several players live. Head coach Guy Boucher has attempted to express the sympathy felt by the organization for the victims and their loved ones. “I would like to send our thoughts to the people at home who are affected directly and indirectly by the terrible bus accident on Friday. We also know how much work it’s going to have to do after the accident for the people that will need help. We all think of them even if we are far away,” said Guy Boucher at the end of his press conference after the match, echoing a message from the owner Eugene Melnyk left on Twitter. “In the name of the Ottawa Senators, I would like to express our sincere condolences to the victims and families affected by the tragic incident occurred at the Station Westboro OC Transpo,” wrote the latter.
Karlsson : no négos
It was not only in Ottawa that little information circulating regarding the contract negotiations with potential free agents the club on the 1st of July next (Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel). The Sharks are also stingy with comments with regards to the future of Erik Karlsson with them, which put under contract could bring in a choice of first or second additional round to Ottawa in a trade last September. Karlsson refuses to discuss it, just as the d. g. Doug Wilson. Karlsson did not want to talk about the recent problems with his former club, which has put an end to a series of eight reverse away in California. “I can’t really comment on what is happening, how they play. I don’t watch enough matches. I don’t know how things work there now. I can only wish them the best and hope that things turn out well, and I imagine they do the same thing for me,” he said.