Columbus, OH –
By Rick Gethin
Eight games after he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets from the Phoenix Coyotes, forward Scottie Upshall has quickly become a fan favorite. He’s put up 4 goals in 8 games with Columbus, bringing his season total to 20 and a new career high.
His combination of speed, skill and grit embody what a “complete” player is in the new NHL. He’s also one of just a handful of NHL players to utilize Twitter (@ScottieUpshall), giving fans a glimpse into more than just what they see him do on the ice.
“I really like it here,” said Upshall, “it’s a great bunch of guys. It’s a fun group to be around on a daily basis, and that’s important. I’ve found that it’s been a good fit. It’s been an easy transition for me and Sami Lepisto (part of the trade with Phoenix) to come in here and be welcomed by the guys, the coaches, the staff, the management and the media.”
“I guess what I didn’t really know about Columbus before I got here and became a Blue Jacket, was how awesome hockey is here. Abot how committed the fans are to the team and how exciting the games are. That’s important around a hockey team. That’s something that I look at as a positive being on this team.”
Upshall has an energy around him, even when he’s sitting still in his dressing room stall. It’s almost as if he’s ready to pounce. It’s clearly evident that he boasts as much pride as RJ Umberger, arguably the conscience of the club. Like Umberger, head coach Scott Arniel can slot Upshall in anywhere in the line-up and he gives 100% and doesn’t look out of place.