Murray surprised how good Fisher is

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

It took less than a week to make Bryan Murray a fan.

One of the brightest lights at Senators training camp has been centre Mike Fisher.

"Fisher is an awfully good skater, a little better than I thought he was," said Murray, in his first camp as Senators coach.

Fisher's name was the first out of Murray's mouth yesterday when asked about surprises after one week of camp.

"He can certainly play in the top six forwards, is the impression I have," said Murray, who currently has Fisher on what amounts to the third line. "I've talked to people who were with the team and he looks like he's really worked hard in his year away from the game. He's a real strong kid, he's quick and he looks like he has the ability to score points. It's a matter of getting the linemates to make that happen."

There really isn't a secret to Fisher's fine showing so far. He was able to concentrate on making himself stronger this summer rather than rehabilitating another injury.

"It was a good year," said the 25-year-old, who spent the lockout playing for EV Zug in Switzerland and with Team Canada at the world championship. "I was injury-free. The last few summers I've had a couple of elbow surgeries and a wrist (injury). I haven't really been able to do the strength and conditioning I'd like to. This summer I was healthy."

MEDICAL REPORT: Senators Ws Martin Havlat (sore arm) and Peter Schaeffer (soreness) missed practice yesterday and G Ray Emery was dismissed early because of a tender groin. Murray said Emery is still expected to split a game Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., with Billy Thompson against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dominik Hasek and Kelly Guard are expected to split the game tomorrow night against the Pens in Binghamton.


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