GARRIOCH: Senators’ defenceman Erik Brannstrom enjoying the chance to play overseas

Erik Brannstrom.

Not all of the Ottawa Senators are spending their time skating and waiting.

The voice of Erik Brannstrom came on the line Thursday afternoon from Langnau, Switzerland — located not far from Bern — and the Senators’ blueliner was more than enthusiastic about his time playing overseas.

Loaned to the SC Langnau Tigers in the Swiss ‘A’ league by the Senators while waiting for the 2020-21 campaign to get under way, Brannstrom told Postmedia in an interview he’s healthy, happy and excited to be playing, but he’s looking forward to the opportunity to push a full-time spot in Ottawa when camp gets started.

Preparing to face HC Ambri-Piotta at home Friday and Geneve-Servette HC Saturday on the road, Brannstrom feels he’s fortunate to get some competition before heading back to North America. He said that could happen soon and when it does he’ll be ready to roll.

“That’s what I’m waiting for every day,” Brannstrom said. “Of course, you want to get over there and start with it. I want to get over there and start the upcoming year. It’s (Ottawa’s) decision to make when I leave but it’s starting to get to be the time soon to go over and I’m excited for that.”

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