Since the Philadelphia Flyers are not competing for the Stanley Cup this year, a few of the players have hit the ice with Team Canada to take part in the 2013 IIHF’s World Championship.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds have not appeared to be as present on the ice during Worlds as they were with the Flyers, but this has allowed for Matt Read and Luke Schenn‘s talents to shine through. The two proved that they worked well on the ice together on Thursday when Canada dominated Sweden in a 3-0 decision.
Schenn showed his skills in finding the back of the net when he logged the second goal of the game with help from Read. Read again showed his willingness to help his teammates out when he sent a pass to Jordan Staal to seal the team’s victory.
Read, who came off an injury way too quickly this season, has not been as prevalent in scoring since his return, but he has consistently been at the net all season long. Read’s assists and his persistence to be at the net with the puck is what will ultimately set him apart from the other Flyers on this team. He led the rookies last season and he made improvements on his record this season, so he’s heading in the right direction.
Read’s active play on the ice for Team Canada enforces the notion that perhaps he is no longer one of the most underrated players on the team. He makes smart hockey moves and the only thing that really hindered his performance this year was taking a huge injury early on.
Schenn’s work with Read is also showing an improvement, and since former captain Chris Pronger has taken him under his wing to mentor him, we can expect to see some good things from him next season. Having only gotten his feet wet with half a season with the Flyers, Schenn will have more to contribute to the team in a full 82-game season.
The World Championships won’t end until the end of May, so there is still a lot of international play to check in on to see how the Flyers are doing in the offseason.