At some point the hectic pace of Curtis Lazar's life may slow down though living in the fast lane the past few months has served the Senators prospect rather well.

If there ever was a player geared to be in game shape after the Labour Day weekend it might just be the 18-year-old who is looking to make a strong first impression here in his first rookie tournament with the team.

Check out the itinerary the B.C. native has kept since Sens GM Bryan Murray announced his name 17th overall at the June entry draft. The latest stop is here in the Forest City for the four-team rookie tournament followed by a trip back to the capital for big-team training camp next week.

Before that though there was the Sens development camp not longer after the draft followed by a stop in Quebec for the Canadian world junior team's summer evaluation camp then on to Lake Placid N.Y. for that team's mini-tournament.

If it all sounds a little overwhelming think again.

"I'm trying to make this my occupation" the personable Lazar said following the Sens' rookie-team practice on Friday. "I just want to improve that's the bottom line and stick around as long as I can.

"I'm still only 18 and I've got a lot of developing to do. I'm just trying to make myself a better player and a person every day."

That attitude and maturity is not lost on the Senators' staff. Like every kid chosen in the first round the first trip to training camp holds at least some hope. Unlike many however Lazar seems to understand that another year back in junior with the Edmonton Oil Kings wouldn't be the worst move in his apprenticeship.