Physical Russian states his case

By KEN WARREN

The Ottawa Citizen

Anton Volchenkov used his body to make a positive first impression at the opening of the Ottawa Senators rookie camp at the Corel Centre yesterday evening.

Volchenkov, the 20-year-old Russian defenceman who was selected by the Senators in the first round of the 2000 NHL entry draft (21st overall), drew the notice of the coaching staff with his aggressive play during the first practice session.

Midway through the workout, Volchenkov collided with 20-year-old centre Chris Minard, sending both players to the ice. Late in the 90-minute practice, Volchenkov and 19-year-old left-winger Scott Dobben battled for several seconds in the corner before the Russian skated away with the puck.

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