Brayden Schenn is Back and Ready to Roll
PHILADELPHIA — No offense to Flyers assistant coach Ian Laperriere, but Brayden Schenn is ready to see a lot less of him.Laperriere is the drill sergeant that stays late after most of the players are off the ice to skate the extra players, or injured players, or, in the case of Schenn the first three weeks of the season, the suspended players.
“I’m not gonna miss those,” Schenn said Thursday morning, eligible to play in the Flyers’ home opener against the Anaheim Ducks. “You do everything possible to stay in shape, but Lappy did a good job and I had a partner (suspended defenseman Radko Gudas) along for the ride. I’m glad to be back in the lineup and ready for the home opener.”
His return to the lineup is well timed for the Flyers, who lost Michael Raffl to an “upper-body injury” in Tuesday’s loss in Chicago. He will be out around two weeks, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Raffl had a goal in last Saturday’s overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes.
“We’ve got to tighten up a little bit defensively but I think the key for us is starting hockey games,” Schenn said of what he saw watching from the press box. His team allowed the first goal in each of the last two games. “We haven’t done a great job of that so far and after three games watching from above…not great, but not bad either.”
The addition of Schenn, who had a career high 26 goals and 59 points last year, should help.
“I think it’s been a long wait for him and he’s seen the team play and wants to be in there,” said Claude Giroux, who centers the top line, “so it’s gonna be fun to have him.”
“Me and G are pretty comfortable with Schenner obviously,” Wayne Simmonds added. “We had some good chemistry last year and we know what type of game he brings and he knows what type of game we bring. It should be fairly easy, fairly simple.”