Brayden Schenn Hoping to Stick With Top Line
VOORHEES — From press box to top line, Brayden Schenn is ready to return to the Flyers lineup.
A healthy scratch Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes, Schenn found himself alongside Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek in Monday’s practice.
“It’s hard to figure out sometimes,” Schenn said of why he didn’t play. “I didn’t talk to (coach Dave Hakstol). I don’t know what the rhyme or reason is, but at the same time I’ll be ready for my opportunity, my chance.”
Schenn played roughly 30 games on the top line last season and has played his last seven games as a center with a combination of Sam Gagner, Vinny Lecavalier and R.J. Umberger. He replaces Michael Raffl, who moved to a line with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Chris VandeVelde after having only two points in his last 13 games.
“We want the personality of that group to stay the same,” Hakstol said. “Between Belly and Vandy, with Whitey on that line, they’re a very reliable line that can play against anybody. I think they can maintain that same role.