Winger needs to take flight

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

The heat is on Senators winger Brandon Bochenski.

Senators coach Bryan Murray wants more production out of the rookie winger, especially if he's going to continue to play with Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley.

Bochenski has one goal and three assists in seven games.

For the second time this season, Murray replaced Bochenski with captain Daniel Alfredsson in the third period of a game -- this one came Monday in a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes -- and the move seemed to add a spark.

Speaking with the Team 1200 yesterday during his visit with More on Sports, Murray said Bochenski has to start scoring on a regular basis if he's going to contribute in the NHL.

"(Bochenski) had a lot of success scoring in the pre-season, but he has to establish himself in a role in the NHL and he hasn't been able to do that up to this point," said Murray. "For some players, that's being strong defensively and for others that means putting the puck in the net.

''In Brandon's case, that's being a productive scorer because that's what he does. We need more production from that spot. We want to have three lines that can score."

If Bochenski can't do the job, the Senators will likely look at their options once winger Martin Havlat returns from his five-game suspension Nov. 2 against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Senators have three choices:

- They could demote Bochenski to AHL Binghamton and bring up rookie winger Patrick Eaves. Eaves scored his first NHL goal Monday, but was sent down to Binghamton yesterday with the return to health of centre Mike Fisher.

- Murray could switch Bochenski to another line and hope he produces, and put Alfredsson or Havlat, both proven NHL scorers, with Spezza and Heatley.

- They could send Bochenski to Binghamton and just go with 20 healthy players here.

"What we're hoping is that (Bochenski) is able to produce at that spot and we're going to give him some time," said Murray.


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