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Brayden Schenn practices on top line with Hartnell, Giroux

Jan 14, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

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Expectations surrounding Brayden Schenn have been high for years and this might be the season he breaks out.

He averaged a point-per-game with the AHL Adirondack Phantoms during the lockout and has been reunited with his brother Luke Schenn. On top of that, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette had him playing on the first line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell during Sunday’s practice, according to the Philadelphia Flyers’ official website.

Naturally, the lines at the start of training camp won’t necessarily last for more than a couple days, let alone until even the start of the season. Still, it’s an early demonstration of Laviolette’s willingness to experiment with putting Schenn in bigger roles after he was limited to 14:07 minutes per game in 2011-12.

“There’s no question that the expectation is a lot of our young players will see expanded roles to penalty kill or power play, or moving up to play higher up in the lineup and playing more minutes,” Laviolette said. “It’s a natural progression with young players and we’ll certainly see that with our group.”

Schenn thinks his time with Adirondack helped build his confidence.

“I feel ready and great going into this year,” Schenn added.

  1. dkphilly1122 - Jan 14, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    I just wanna see Schenn run over Crosby Saturday again. The kid is only getting better the more he is given a chance to play. With him and G on that top line it could be nasty……if not him Vorachek is just as good and brings the body and sick passing skills for G to be the MVP.

  2. mclovinhockey - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Schenn is a monster. He reminds me so much of Richards but with less head shots. Him Hartsy and G may easily be the most physical first line in the game.

    Of course we all know B.S. and hartnell can lay out bodies… But G has given some of the best checks in recent flyers history.

  3. steelpenbucs87 - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Not necessarily a bad move but I find it slightly surprising given some of the similarities between Schenn and Hartnell’s games. Thought Voracek or Talbot would have made a bit more sense with Hartnell and Giroux, then let Schenn roll with Coutourier (I know I butchered that spelling but I’m too lazy to look it up) on the second line.

    Won’t matter what the line-ups are come Saturday, it’s going to be an absolute war every shift, top to bottom, end to end. Cannot wait.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jan 14, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      The only reason i would be hesitant to put voracek on that line is he is a playmaker like Giroux and I don’t think he shoots the puck enough to be on the same line

  4. flyeredup - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I just hope for his career longevity that he doesn’t drop the gloves with Kovalchuk again.

    • emoser - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Well, he may need to book a trip to Russia if he wants to do that.

  5. xflyersx - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    SATURDAY WAHOOOOO

  6. zetaone - Jan 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    It better be the year he breaks out, I have Hartnell and Giroux on my fantasy team :)

  7. mclovinhockey - Jan 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Kovy is a monster, most people do not expect guys like him, Crosby and other star players to be foo fighters but their core strength is remarkable. While fighters work on arm power they work on core strength so in a situation like a fight they are almost impossible to move.

  8. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 14, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Point-per-game avg with Phantoms so he has that mo’ working for him. He seems to be ready for it.

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