A look at the Senators' organizational depth chart after the team's summertime activity to date suggests that Jean-Gabriel Pageau is still a bubble player.

He just appears to have more of that bubble to himself right now.

The 21-year old centre doesn't quite think of it that way, however. Five weeks before the start of camp, Pageau is confident in his chances of remaining in Ottawa for the 2014-15 season.

"For sure I see myself in the lineup," Pageau said Thursday while visiting the Senators hockey camps at the new Richcraft Sensplex. "I always believe in myself and I'll always believe in myself. But I know it's going to be hard. That's basically why I'm giving a little extra every morning ... just work hard and give everything I have to make sure I do my best.

"If I go to camp and do my best, I'm sure they'll find a way to find a spot in the lineup for me."

Trading Jason Spezza helped Pageau's cause ... until the Senators signed veteran David Legwand. Down the middle now they have Kyle Turris, Legwand, Mika Zibanejad and Zack Smith -- unless they decide to use one of the latter two on the wing, which at present is unlikely.

Conceivably, yes, Pageau could force the team to abort the plan with a very strong camp. Otherwise, he'll go to Binghamton and become the first centre in line for a call up. Depending on the need, he wasn't such an obvious choice last season. But Stephane Da Costa is no longer with the organization, having signed as a free agent with HC CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

"Obviously he's a real good centre man, I think the organization liked him a lot," Pageau said of Da Costa. "He was a real good teammate, too. But for sure that opens up another spot for me as a centre man. I know he was pushing, like me, to make the team."

Pageau, a fourth-round Senators draft pick, surprised many with his sudden emergence as an NHLer during the 2012-13 campaign. In nine regular season games he had two goals and two assists, then he scored four more goals -- including a hat trick against the Montreal Canadiens that made him a local hero -- along with two assists in 10 playoff games.