Jake Sanderson is 100% ready for Ottawa Senators training camp.
The Senators rookie defenseman, who is expected to make the team and start the season, said Tuesday he’s ready to move past a nagging hand injury.
At the end of last season, during a game played for the University of North Dakota, Sanderson had his hand stepped on in what he called a « freak accident. »
« It was just a freak accident how it happened the second time around, » he told the Ottawa Sun. “I was just at the gym, doing my thing, and things are happening. It was an accident and I was lucky enough to catch it early and have the second operation right away.
Sanderson underwent two operations between February and mid-July.
The guard was seen at the NHLPA rookie presentation on Tuesday, where he said he has recovered from his injury and is ready for training camp.
Sanderson, according to DailyFaceoff’s Rookie model Brock Seguin is expected to score 35.1 points over a full 82-game season this season. The impact of the 6-foot-2, 190-pound defender should be palpable this season.
He was selected by the Senators fifth overall in the 2020 NHL Draft and spent the past two seasons at the University of North Dakota where, in 45 games, he scored 10 goals and 31 points.
Zach Laing is the News Director and Senior Columnist for the Nation Network. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaingor attached by email to [email protected]