Kid's all grown up

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Mike Comrie has found his game.

Apparently it was in Ottawa.

Following his banishment from Edmonton, his cup of coffee in Philadelphia and his struggles in Phoenix, the generously listed five-foot-10, 185-pound forward has fit in well with the Senators.

"It's a good situation that I'm in," Comrie said.

"I'm on a great team. And being in a hockey city, I know how important it is to play hard every game. It's good to be part of a great organization."

13 POINTS IN 18 GAMES

In 18 games with the Senators Comrie has eight goals and five assists. He heads into tonight's encounter against the Oilers (5:30 p.m.) at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on a three-game scoring streak.

"I'm having fun again," Comrie said. "I don't remember having this much fun playing hockey in a long time."

Comrie was traded to the Senators from the Phoenix Coyotes for Alexei Kaigorodov on Jan. 3.

In his first game with the Senators, Comrie picked up a pair of assists in a 6-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

On Saturday, he scored the tying goal in the Senators' 5-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers.

"I guess you never know how you're going to fit in," Comrie said. "Initially when I came here, they had some injuries so there was an opportunity to play a lot of minutes right away.

"I just wanted to come in and work hard.

"Now that we're healthy, I'm not playing as many minutes, but with us in a grind every night to win hockey games, we all have to be ready when we get out there."

Originally drafted by the Oilers out of the University of Michigan in 1999, Comrie played three seasons in his hometown before a dispute with the club saw him traded to Philadelphia. The trade request made him Public Enemy No. 1 ... that is until Chris Pronger skipped town last summer.

In 192 regular-season games with the Oilers, Comrie scored 61 goals and added 72 assists for 149 points. He also had two goals and two assists in 12 playoff games.

With the Flyers, Comrie only played in 21 games, registering nine points before being traded to the Coyotes.

This season he had seven goals in 24 games in Phoenix before making the move to Ottawa.

So far he's enjoying playing in a Canadian city that is not Edmonton.

"I'm six years older than I was when I first came in," Comrie said. "The learning curve is a little different as far as knowing what to expect.

"It's not as challenging as playing in Edmonton. When you go out to eat and run into people at your local grocery store, it's different."

Comrie knows all too well fans in Edmonton have a habit of turning on their own.

Just ask Joffrey Lupul.

"I know Joffrey a little bit," Comrie said. "He's a great kid. He's still scoring goals and contributing.

'TOUGH PLACE TO PLAY'

"It's just that Edmonton is a tough place to play. I grew up watching hockey players do the same thing, that if you weren't winning games, you feel the pressure.

"I remember sitting there in the mid-'90s when things weren't going well. (The Oilers are) such a big part of the community that your mood depends on how they're playing."

In Ottawa the pressure still exists. Especially considering the team's playoff woes in recent years.

"I've only been here for a short time and the attitude in the dressing room is something that I haven't seen before with the confidence level this team has," Comrie said.

"We feel like we can win every night.

"We just have to play within our system, and that's a positive feeling to have when you're a player."


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