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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Isles' Schremp Looking Better and Better

For the Isles' Robbie Schremp, it hasn't exactly been an easy start. Claimed off waivers in late September from Edmonton, he was scratched for quite a few games during the beginning of the season, and had trouble finding his groove. However, now that he's become a regular in the lineup once more, Schremp is showing just what he can do.

In the last five games, the center has tallied three goals and four assists, and he has long shown his prowess in the shootout with some decisive goals there. He credits the upswing in his play as a result of heightened confidence.

"I know what I'm capable of, and it's just a matter of getting confidence and building the trust and respect of the guys on the team and the coaches to get on the ice and do this stuff," he said in the recap on the Isles' website following last night's 6-0 shutout against the Detroit Red Wings, in which he had his first career two-goal game.

No doubt he's looked much more confident. He's been getting to the front of the net more, and has been able to show off not only his arsenal of shooting skills but his hand-eye coordination. Four games ago, against the Colorado Avalanche, he swatted home a rebound by Frans Nielsen in mid-air, just below the crossbar. It was one of the most incredible goals I think I've ever seen, and it's a testament to how skilled Schremp really is.

With 14 points now under his belt and a renewed spring in his step on the ice, Schremp is looking to show his teammates, coaches and the fans on Long Island that he belongs here. And if he keeps having games like the one last night, he'll prove it for sure.

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