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Schenn-sational Depth

Just when we thought we had it all figured out, the Flyers made another roster move. At the expense of Harry Z and Rinaldo, Brayden Schenn has been added to the youthful mix of forwards.

What does this mean for Schenn and the crowded group of forwards? Let’s discuss.

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The Flyers find themselves in a really unique position, boasting two highly touted prospects with very similar playing styles. Because of this, the comparison between the two will be prominently made all season. Each one will pose as a benchmark towards the others success, and they will have the ability to learn from one another on a daily basis. If utilized properly, this dynamic could be used to push each player’s growth to new heights as they build off the achievements of one another. It will be interesting to see if they develop at a similar pace or if there is a noticeable gap.

With all the rookies in the fold, it is fair to be concerned about the dreaded rookie wall. But with the sheer glut of blue-chip talent, the Flyers have the luxury of balancing the use of their young players down the stretch. Should one rookie begin to tire or falter, another dangerous rookie with fresh legs will be there waiting in the wings.

It may seem to hinder the development of a player by using him on the 4th line, but if nothing changes (I’m looking down on the ice at you, Hartnell) and one of these young guys is pushed to 4th line it isn’t the end of the world. With talent abundant throughout the roster, Lavi can feel more comfortable rolling all four lines throughout the game. Additionally, you can surely count on a balance in special teams play due to the defensive responsibility of the guys in question. If they have the talent, Lavi can surely find the room. Suddenly, an offense facing so many questions before the season is seemingly deeper than it ever was before. Absurd.

The Flyers have demonstrated that they have a firm understanding of the talent of the guys within the organization, and the successful nature of the offseason moves thus far has left us with no reason to question a personnel move right now. It may not seem like there is room, but it’s obvious the benefits a guy like Schenn can bring to your team. Now it’s time to find out first hand how much more dangerous this team can become.


Continue the discussion with us on twitter (@marcs797 and @thevintern), email (theobbreakdown@gmail.com), or in the comments below



Lets Go Flyers!

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