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Laviolette believes Flyers rookies will be just fine in playoffs

Apr 10, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

Sean Couturier, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Matt Read, Josh Harding AP

One of the things you’ll notice when comparing the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers before their playoff series begins is how the Pens rely on a lot of veterans where the Flyers are being served by youth.

If you think the Flyers reliance on young players is going to hold them back in the postseason, coach Peter Laviolette has something to say to you. Laviolette tells Jay Greenberg of CSNPhilly.com that the Flyers wouldn’t be in the postseason without their young guns.

“We wouldn’t be in this situation if wasn’t for the way those guys contributed through the course of the year,” insisted Peter Laviolette Monday. “I have absolutely no doubt that they are going to play a good hockey game for us.”

When you look up and down the roster, the rookies have made themselves known. Forwards Sean Couturier, Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, and Eric Wellwood as well as defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon have all had to stand out of late. Asking them to go for up to seven games against the numerous veterans including Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin is perhaps asking too much from them.

  1. hartsy19 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Why wouldn’t they? They were a HUGE part of the Flyers success during the regular season, and if you can’t get up for the playoffs you don’t have a heartbeat.

    • miketoasty - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      The playoff’s are a completely different story. You need to be ready to go right out of the gate. I am not saying that the Flyers rookies are going to hold them back, but these guys need to be ready to go the second the puck drops in game one if Philly wants to take game 1 or 2.

      • uncledick - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        Your talking about 2 rookie forwards who are top 15 in SH TOI per game in a division that is by far the most competitive in the league, yea, I think they’ll be ready.

      • uncledick - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM

        Not to mention Schenn, who looked more than comfortable in the roll of number 1 center saturday and has shown steady progression this season. These guys are ready.

      • tcclark - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        This group of rookies are hard-nosed, tenacious players. Guys like Matt Read and Brayden Schenn seem like players that are going to be really good playoff performers.

    • hartsy19 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      Finally, a realist.

  2. philly4lyfe - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    It’s ok, our rookies have the eye of the tiger.

  3. flyersgoalscoredby88 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    This isn’t like the baby pens against Ottawa, where the core of the team was young and building toward the future, the core of the team is veterans surrounded by youth. Big difference

  4. steelcity04 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Playoffs are a different animal and we’ve seen rookies “hit a wall” so to speak when the playoffs start. Its happened to the best but we’ve also seen some take it to another level. Could the Flyers rooks fold, maybe, but they have a good veteran team supporting them so I think they will be ok. Gonna be a great series, Pens in 7.

  5. bergeronforselke - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Much better comments about relying on rookies in the playoffs than “we’ve got no other choice” when talking about Holtby…..

  6. mclovinhockey - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Rookie of the year goes to, the absurd number of rookies on the Flyers who already look like vets…. Hell manning and wellwood didn’t get many games in this year and those two are very good rookies as well.

  7. phillyphan83 - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    steelcity04, FINALLY a Pittsburgh fan that can be honest and objective in his comments and not just spew illogical, absurd, homer b.s. Thank you for being intelligent(honestly, no sarcasm).

    Take note geno, you could learn something from this guy!

    • steelcity04 - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Thanks phillyphan83, Just calling it like I see it.

  8. phillyphan83 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    you and ottograham are the only two on here with some sense. The rest, like genopringles, contribute nothing of intelligence and speak of the pens as if they’re one of the storied franchises in the NHL and COMPLETELY deny that it took REPEATED garbage years(5 top 5 picks in 5 years) and a rigged lottery(lockout yea-crosby pick) to get where they are now after almost losing the team 3 times! And surprise surprise its happening again, this time in Edmonton.

  9. flyerscup2010 - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    they don’t need to go 7 games, the flyers will have the series wrapped up well before then

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