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Murray praises Brayden Schenn: “He’s the kind of ‘big-game’ player that coaches love”

Nov 30, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

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Three years ago, Terry Murray was coaching Brayden Schenn in Los Angeles.

Today, the pair are back together — in AHL Adirondack — and the reunion has been a positive one for Murray, who gushes about how much Schenn has grown as a player.

“Since I saw him in LA, every part of his game has come along tremendously,” Murray told the Philadelphia Daily News. “He’s physically more mature, mentally more mature. He’s starting to really identify with what his niche is in the game.

“He’s becoming a more complete player.”

Schenn, 21, is having a remarkable season. He leads Adirondack in scoring (22 points in 18 games) and sits third overall in the league. He’s also emerged as Murray’s go-to guy in clutch situations.

Schenn leads the Phantoms in both power-play and shorthanded goals and his recent scoring binge — 11 points in his last seven games — has translated to wins.

Adirondack is 4-3 over those seven games, not bad for a team that only mustered two wins in its first six contests of the season.

“He’s the kind of ‘big-game’ player that coaches love,” Murray said. “I can put him out on the ice in critical situations and know what I’m going to get out of him. He knows when he needs to step up; he knows the critical times and critical situations.

“Not all players recognize that. I’ve always believed the toughest thing in pro sports is to win when you’re supposed to.”

Schenn’s ascension has to be exciting for Flyers fans.

Along with Sean Couturier, he represents the future of Philly’s dynamic young forward group, one that also includes Claude Giroux (24 years old), Wayne Simmonds (23), Matt Read (26) and, eventually, 2012 first-rounder Scott Laughton, who is currently tearing it up with OHL Oshawa.

  1. dbarnes79 - Nov 30, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Not a Flyers fan but the future looks bright for them.

  2. chrisvegas - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    As a Flyers fan I can’t wait until hockey resumes (if it ever does), love watching these young kids develope.

  3. seahawks19081 - Nov 30, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Now if we can only get a goaltender.

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Nov 30, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    You could see towards the end of the season and in the playoffs that this kid really has the potential to be a physical, 30+ goal scorer. Although he often gets compared to Mike Richards IMO he seems to have better offensive potential. Schenn reminds me more of a young Roenick, although he obviously has a long way to go to match his career. It makes me all the more pissed at the league when I think they’re taking away an entire season of Giroux, Schenn, Voracek, Simmonds, Couturier, and Read for totally illogical reasons. But then I guess I should thank them for giving me a year off from our Swiss cheese Russian netminder.

  5. aosplayo - Nov 30, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    The kids a gamer. When he didn’t drop the gloves against Crosby in the playoffs it showed the league how much character he has, his intangibles are off the chart. Im also not saying Crosby doesn’t have character, so relax.

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 1, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Canadian.

  7. barroomhero80 - Dec 1, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Blah

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