DeBrincat makes concerning admission about his season in Ottawa.

DeBrincat makes concerning admission about his season in Ottawa.

Fans in Ottawa are not happy after Alex DeBrincat makes a concerning admission about last season.

Jonathan Larivee

Fans in Ottawa are not happy about these latest comments from forward Alex DeBrincat, but should they also be a cause for concern when it comes to his new team, the Detroit Red Wings?

On Friday, the 25 year old former 2nd round (39th overall) pick of the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft made some rather surprising comments about his time in Ottawa. Everyone knows that DeBrincat's production dipped considerably during his tenure with the Senators but what may surprise you is the admission that DeBrincat made this week in regards to why that happened.

DeBrincat gave the usual answers you would expect from a veteran goalscorer in a slump, but mixed into those was an admission that he simply slacked off during the season.

"A lot of it is different looks in different situations," said DeBrincat as per Helene St. James. "I’ve got to focus a little more on bearing down when I get my chances. I think last year I gave up a lot of chances, maybe got lazy on it or whatever it may be, hit a post, stuff like that. I think a lot of it was like that. I’m pretty comfortable getting back to that form and obviously, we have a lot of great players here to play with, so I’ll just try to find the space out there and they’ll get me the puck."

It is the word lazy that upset fans have zeroed in on and you can hardly blame them when you consider that DeBrincat was also reportedly unhappy with his role behind Senators captain Brady Tkachuk. 

The Senators though have moved on from the DeBrincat situation and now the question is will that same lack of effort potentially impact the Red Wings who have just signed the forward to a lucrative contract that carries a cap hit and average annual value of $7.875 million over the next four years.