On Tuesday, Washington Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon spoke to the media on a Zoom call following Group A’s practice on the second day of the 2020-21 training camp. He discussed his confidence in the defense and the excitement of playing with newly signed defenseman Zdeno Chara.
Dillon describes the first two days of camp as “high-pace, intense, and fun”. He has been getting used to head coach Peter Laviolette’s systems and working on moving his feet more on the offense and defense. Dillon believes the new faces on the blue line are “good for all of us”. He considers it an “internal competition to play your best game”, but has faith in his fellow defenseman, saying, “I have confidence in the defense.”
On Chara, Dillon feels “pretty lucky” to play with him. He is looking forward to meeting Chara, “a guy whose resumé speaks for himself”. Dillon called the 43-year-old blueliner a “terrific add” in the locker room and is excited about the additional physicality and “tough to play against” mentality.
Dillon has familiarity with Justin Schultz, who he called a “gifted, offensive player”. Working with him has been good, saying, “Every day, we’re getting more and more comfortable.”
“[It’s] a unique schedule for everybody,” Dillon said on the new format of the season. He noted it will be fun and “a lot more physical”, adding, “It’s all about the compete levels for teams.”
Dillon has “a lot of confidence” in the goaltenders. With signs leaning towards Ilya Samsonov becoming the No. 1 netminder, Dillon believes Samsonov is “prepared” for the “big role”.
By Della Young