Schubert 'one-man wrecking crew'

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Christoph Schubert wants his home to be on the blue line, but when the big guy is running around like he did last night against the Canadiens, you can see why the Senators want him up front.

Schubert handed out three punishing hits -- a good night's work -- before the first period was done.

His skating and the resulting big hits caught the eye of a couple of scouts at the Bell Centre last night.

"A one-man wrecking crew," was the way one scout described Schubert. "There aren't many guys his size who can skate like that. I agree with the Senators using him up front. He's much more effective as a forward."

"They're not calling charging in the league any more so you can take the kind of runs he was taking (last night)," said another.

Schubert played up front last night on a line with Cody Bass at centre and Brian McGrattan on the right side.

"(Schubert's) versatility is a big key to our hockey team," said coach John Paddock.

HEAR AND THERE: Senators G Ray Emery practised with the dozen Senators who remained behind in Ottawa yesterday and didn't look like he was having any problems handing the puck with his catching hand. Paddock said the plan is still to give Emery his first start of the pre-season Tuesday when the Senators host the Flyers. "We'll talk (tomorrow) and if it still feels right, we'll look at Tuesday," said Paddock ... It seems to be the status quo for C Mike Fisher at this point, who is still nursing a groin injury. "There's no change (in his status) as far as I know," said Paddock. "But the sooner he gets back, the better." ... One of the motivations for Paddock splitting up stars Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley for last night's game was to lessen the significance of splitting them up later. Paddock's point: If they or the team is struggling and they haven't played apart and he decides to split them, "then it's viewed as a panic move if they don't play together."


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