Brayden Schenn got off to a good start in the Philadelphia Flyers‘ home opener. That’s going to need to continue. Schenn (along withWayne Simmonds) was acquired for ex-captain Mike Richards, and is expected to be an impact player for the Philadelphia Flyers in his third season; he will need to be for the Flyers to have a successful season.
Schenn was moved up to the second line last night, playing alongside Matt Read and new acquisition Vinny Lecavalier. He looked effective on the line winning puck battles, playing his physical style, and moving well without the puck. He was rewarded at the end of the first period, after a couple of dazzling moves by the veteran Lecavalier who assisted on the Schenn goal. It would be the Flyers’ one and only goal of the night.
Schenn is still a young player. He had a bit of a rough season in a lockout-shortened campaign. This year he has to break out. The Flyers need to get offense from their young guns such as Schenn and Sean Couturier. Their developments are crucial to the team’s short term success and even the team’s long term success.
Schenn had himself a nice debut. He can’t get complacent though. The young man has to build on his success and become a key cog in the Flyers’ lineup. It is time for the young core to move to the forefront, making the Flyers a winning hockey team.