Talk confidently and carry a big stick. That’s Mark Stone’s operating philosophy to earning a full time right wing spot with the Ottawa Senators.

“I feel like I need to dominate when I’m out on the ice and show I can play at the next level,” Stone said about taking part in his fifth development camp this week with the Senators. “When it comes right down to it, if people can see the things I’ve gone through from my first development camp to my fifth, I’m just trying to show that I’ve become better over time.”

Stone, who just turned 22, was once considered a longshot because of his skating – “the first time I saw him, I did not project him to be an NHL player,” says Senators GM Randy Lee – but has overcome that and a series of injuries to put himself in the hunt for a spot somewhere on the club’s top two lines next season.

He finished out the 2013-14 NHL season on a line with Clarke MacArthur and Kyle Turris, replacing the injured Bobby Ryan in the lineup, and then embraced his opportunity to extend his season by joining Binghamton of the American Hockey League in the playoffs. Stone has always had great hands and a knack for finding the net, but has struggled to stay healthy ever since making his grand NHL debut playing on a line with Jason Spezza in the 2012 playoffs against the New York Rangers.