Brayden Schenn may be finally be coming into his own, offensively. The man who was originally part of the trade that shipped ex-captain Mike Richards out of town looks to finally be flourishing with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Playing with Vincent Lecavalier, a skilled veteran, has really seemed to help the young Schenn and has brought out the best in him. That showed in a big way last night. Schenn had two goals on the evening, the first one being as pretty as they come. He rifled a wrist shot over Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury who was helpless to save the puck. A picture-perfect shot.
One thing Schenn seemed to struggle with was moving without the puck. This is something he has really worked on throughout the summer. Schenn is finding the right space on the ice to be in prime scoring position and then capitalizing, and burying his scoring chances.
The Flyers desperately need their young talent to play well if they are going to get back in the playoff race and make something of this season. Schenn stepping up his game on the road in a hostile environment was certainly a good start. If only Sean Couturier could finally get going the Flyers would really be cooking.
Regardless, the Flyers are finally starting to show signs of life. They have won three straight. Claude Giroux looks to be out of his season long slump and the young, fresh legs are starting to produce. Could it be that the Flyers are back? It may be too early to declare that, but beating a Cup Contending team on the road in the Penguins is certainly a good start.