Thursday, 22 September 2011

Sens' Camp 'Better than Imagined' for Fransoo

Jordan Fransoo (in black) was
back at practice Wednesday
Jordan Fransoo says he learned a lot at his first National Hockey League training camp.

The Brandon Wheat Kings' defenceman spent close to two weeks with the Ottawa Senators, playing with the team at an NHL Rookie Tournament in Oshawa and skating in the Sens' main training camp.

"It was better than I ever imagined it would be," said Fransoo after practice on Wednesday, "Learning from guys like Sergei Gonchar, sitting beside you on the bench after you made a mistake, and he's explaining what to was just great."

Fransoo was a seventh round pick of the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, 186th overall.

"It's a huge eye opener but, at the same time, it's a good stepping stone," said Fransoo, "It's real exciting to even get that opportunity to see the guys on the team, see where they're at and where you have to be."

Fransoo had six goals and 18 points in 63 games during his rookie season in the WHL last year, but also became more of a shutdown defenceman as the season went along.

"I'm a defenceman, I want to play good solid defence first, that's my position," said the 6-foot-3, 190 pound Fransoo, "I want to contribute offensively too but, at the same time, I have to remember what my priorities are."

Fransoo and Rene Hunter proved to be an effectively defence pairing down the stretch and in the 2011 post-season for the Wheat Kings and it looks like the duo will be paired together again tonight when the Wheat Kings visit Moose Jaw to start the regular season (8:10 p.m., CKLQ).

Chaff...the Warriors will be without both Brandon products on their team for tonight's game at Mosaic Place. Defenceman Joel Edmundson is still recovering from a sprained ankle suffered in St. Louis' camp while Brayden Cuthbert is still recovering from a concussion sustained last January...Brandon product Alex Plante needs more time to grow into NHLer, according to The Edmonton Journal....former Wheat King Brent Severyn recently wrote a piece for Sports Illustrated about his life as an NHL enforcer.

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