Alex Chiasson is going to play under a microscope this season. That's what happens when you're the key piece in a trade that involves a franchise player.

The 23-year-old right wing was acquired by the Ottawa Senators from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday morning in the trade that sent Ottawa captain Jason Spezza to Dallas. Spezza was the No. 2 selection at the 2001 NHL Draft and replaced Daniel Alfredsson as Senators captain when the latter left to sign with the Detroit Red Wings last summer.

"I kind of sat down [Tuesday] and thought about that; it's pretty neat when a team goes and trades a big name and a big player like [Spezza] is to a different team and they're looking for you," Chiasson said Wednesday, according to the Senators website. "It definitely means a lot. As for pressure, I'm not too worried about that. It's part of the game regardless of what team you're on. I know what kind of player I am and I'm going to be the same player and try to bring it to Ottawa. That's really my mindset."
Ottawa also acquired left wing Nicholas Paul, left wing Alexander Guptill and a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, with right wing Ludwig Karlsson also going to Dallas.

"Obviously I was a little shocked. I didn't really expect [the trade] coming," Chiasson said. "I think after a little while it sets in and you realize you're going to play for a Canadian team, and obviously being from Quebec we all know how much hockey means here. I'm really excited for this new opportunity that's coming to me. It's definitely a new challenge and I'm really looking forward to the new experience and it should be a fun year coming ahead."

Spezza had 687 points (251 goals, 436 assists) in 686 games with the Senators. Chiasson, who had 13 goals and 22 assists in his rookie season with the Stars, said he will do his best