GANDER, Newfoundland and Labrador | The Ottawa Senators headed to the Atlantic provinces virtually with the roster that will kick off the regular season. Unlike the Habs, the time for experiments is over.
Obviously, the situation of the two teams is not the same. In Montreal, struggles are still alive. This is the reality of a team in reconstruction. We want to see who will be strong enough to stay with the big club and who will do well enough to deserve a recall in case of injury.
Since the margin is often thin between the two groups, we will continue the evaluation until the very end.
Among those whose fate is still unknown is Otto Leskinen. Back in North America, after playing the last season in his native Finland, the 25-year-old fullback is a candidate who piques curiosity.
Earlier this week, after seeing him in the work against the trio of Auston Matthews, Martin St-Louis had himself indicated that Leskinen intrigued him a lot.
It is therefore no coincidence that he used it in all sauces during the first of two meetings against the Senators in the Atlantic provinces. Massive attack, numerical inferiority, Leskinen has touched everything. Most of the time with David Savard.
“Since the beginning of camp, he has played extremely well. It was the first time I really had the opportunity to see it by having it next to me. I like the way he skates, his vision of the game. It's easy to play with him, “said Savard after the game.
Six games in the NHL
Well, Leskinen's outing against the Senators wasn't as convincing as the one against the Leafs, but the young man still showed that he is versatile.
“I try to be good both defensively and offensively. If I manage to carve out a place for myself, I will accept any role that is assigned to me”, he dropped.
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It should be remembered that Leskinen has some experience in the NHL. Never drafted, he signed a two-year contract worth $1.85 million in May 2019.
During the 2019-2020 season, he played five games in the uniform of the Canadian. The following winter, he was recalled on another occasion.
< p>“In all aspects of the game, I'm a better player than a few years ago. I have more experience,” mentioned Leskinen, who played a total of 87 games with the Laval Rocket.
“I am happy to still be here. I try to give my best every day”.
Efforts that could be rewarded. Especially if Joel Edmundson and Mike Matheson were to miss the first games of the season.