Day four of our series continues with three more Philadelphia Flyers who could have key roles while playing important minutes this season. The guys who do the little things are the ones who are key to championships. They may not be in the spotlight, but their impact is surely felt within the context of a game.
18. Andreas Lilja (D): After an injury riddled season, Lilja still had a chance to contribute for the Flyers in his age 37 season. Unfortunately, Lilja underwent surgery on his hip. He was thought to be sidelined for at least four months. GM Paul Holmgren quickly shot that down by suggesting that Lilja could return as early as October or November. Lilja was most likely going to play in the 3rd defensive pairing.
17. Ruslan Fedotenko (LW): This off season, the Flyers brought the back 33-year old Fedotenko. After trading him in 2002, Fedotenko has gone on to have a consistent NHL career. Fedotenko has also won two Stanley Cups along the way. His championship experience could be key for the Flyers especially in what look like a shortened season.
16. Luke Schenn (D): Earlier in the summer, the Flyers traded former first-round pick, James van Riemsdyk, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for their former first-round pick, Luke Schenn. In 4 seasons with Toronto, Schenn recorded 75 points but had a plus/minus of -23. Though those numbers are an example of playing on a poor Toronto team, the Flyers believe that Schenn has a bright future. Schenn is only 22-years old and he is a big body. Look for Schenn to develop into a good two-way defender with the Flyers.
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