Jason Spezza is keeping expectations low but the work ethic high for the Senators.

Speaking to Sportsnet Radio The Fan 590 in Toronto on Friday, the Senators centre said he believes the club will work hard, but admitted there's going to be some growing pains as part of the next step in a major rebuild.

Spezza, 28, who is spending the off-season in Toronto, is taking part in the Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. It's an NHLPA initiative Gary Roberts is running for the top 42 bantam players in the country.

Spezza said he's been pleased with the off-season changes made by Senators GM Bryan Murray. With new coach Paul MacLean and plenty of young players, the club isn't making any post-season promises.

But they are looking forward to a fresh start.

"We're excited. We have a whole new staff coming in and a whole bunch of young guys who have had success in the AHL," said Spezza, referring to Binghamton's Calder Cup run. "We're going be a good, hard-working team with some raw talent.

"Wins aren't going to come easy for us every night. But, if we work hard, we can compete with anybody."