Score one for Louie!

SHANE ROSS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Louie Caporusso knew Senators GM Bryan Murray was watching, so he gave him something to see.

With Murray among the 700 fans in attendance at last night's national junior team intra-squad game at the University of Ottawa, Caporusso, the lone Senators draft pick at camp, scored on a nifty deke, beating goalie Jake Allen with a backhander to the top corner just 2:57 into the game.

Caporusso opened the scoring for Team White in a 4-3 win over Team Red.

"I knew (Murray) was there, it's kind of hard not to notice him," the 19-year-old admitted after the game. "I just try to play Louie Caporusso hockey and try not to think about it."

Murray may have been impressed, but Caporusso wasn't the only reason he was there.

"There are always a variety of kids you like to get a handle on," Murray said. "Many are secure with their teams, but maybe down the road ..."

The Senators picked Caporusso, of Woodbridge, in the third round, 90th overall, in 2007. The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder played U.S. college hockey last season for Michigan.

Murray expects Caporusso to play a couple more years with the Wolverines before he'll be ready for the NHL.

Last night, he was on a line with Logan Couture of the 67's and Jordan Eberle.

THEY'VE GOT GOALS, TOO

Other goal scorers last night: Alex Pietrangelo, taken fourth overall by the Blues this year; Kyle Turris, who many expect to crack the Coyotes lineup sometime this season; Greg Nemisz, a Flames first-rounder; Canadiens draft pick P.K. Subban; Tyler Ennis, although all he had to do was redirect the puck into an empty net after Chris Terry did all the work; and 5-foot-8 defenceman Jared Spurgeon of the Memorial Cup champion Spokane Chiefs.

THE BUDDY SYSTEM

The players are certainly no strangers to one another. If they haven't played together at some point in their careers, they've probably played against each other. And the bond gets tighter when you're property of the same team.

Couture and goalie Tyson Sexsmith, for example, were drafted by the Sharks in 2007.

"It's nice having Logan here," said Sexsmith. "He's another face you can go and talk to, another buddy on the team."

The Islanders have the most picks in camp, five: Forward Joshua Bailey and defencemen Mark Katic, Travis Hamonic, Jared Spurgeon and Corey Trivino.

The Isles might be a team to watch in a few years.

KADRI MOVES ON

One day after scoring on a penalty shot with what he told Sun Media was his "patented move," 17-year-old Nazem Kadri was stymied twice on breakaways last night, once by Chet Pickard and once by Sexsmith, Sunday night's victim. Neither time did Kadri use the big move, which he described as "forehand-backhand sweep."

Nonetheless, even coach Benoit Groulx admitted Kadri was once again one of the best players on the ice.

GAME ON, ONE MORE TIME

Tonight is your last chance to see the junior team hopefuls in action at the U of O. Game time is 6 p.m. and the cost is $10 (free if you're younger than 12). The daily 10 a.m. practice has been cancelled.

SKATE WITH TEAM CANADA

Minor hockey teams take note: You can have the opportunity to skate with Team Canada at the world championship in Ottawa Dec. 6-Jan. 5 by competing in a skills challenge Sept. 12 and Nov. 14. Visit www.hockeycanada.ca for more details.


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