The verbal shots are to be expected from the opposition.

Patrick Sieloff received them from his Calgary Flames teammates too when he took the ice for practice Friday.

That’s what happens when you wear a full cage.

“It’s like ‘God you look like a 15-year-old out there’ ”

Sieloff relayed about what was said to him during the session at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre.

It’s better than the alternative for the 19-year-old defenceman.

Sieloff the second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft 42nd overall was back with the boys despite suffering a broken cheekbone during a fight with Ottawa Senators hopeful Darren Kramer in Monday’s pre-season clash in Saskatoon.

The good news for Sieloff is he won’t need surgery. The bad news is he’ll have to wear a cage for the next little while.

“The first couple minutes out there was a little rough” said Sieloff of getting his bearing and being the butt-end of jokes while wearing a cage. “It kinda got better out there but it’s something I’ve got to get used to.”

Rest assured if Sieloff is playing to the best of his abilities he’ll hear harsher words from opposition players. The 6-foot-1 200-lb. blueliner plays a physical in-your-face game which irritates opponents. Any frustration is elevated when a cage prevents a certain level of retribution.

“I think the other opponents won’t appreciate it so much. But for me it doesn’t matter. It could be a full cage or it could be nothing I think I’d play the same way” Sieloff said. “That feeds me — getting them out of their game as much as they can. Let them say whatever they want and I’ll deal with it.