Flyers Notes: Brayden Schenn likely to join Flyers' top line

Right winger Brayden Schenn said he is "just trying to blend in" with the Flyers' top players.
Right winger Brayden Schenn said he is "just trying to blend in" with the Flyers' top players. (YONG KIM / Staff)
Posted: January 16, 2013

When the Flyers' season starts Saturday afternoon against visiting Pittsburgh, it appears that Brayden Schenn will get the first crack at being their first-line right winger.

"I want to go in there and win that spot and hopefully stay there," Schenn said after Monday's practice in Voorhees.

During the first two days of training camp, Schenn was mostly on a line with star center Claude Giroux (28 goals, 93 points last season) and left winger Scott Hartnell (37 goals).

"It's an opportunity to play with one of the top players in the league, and Hartnell is coming off a great year" said Schenn, 21. "For me, I'm just trying to blend in and find chemistry as quick as possible and hopefully step up and fill that role."

Jakub Voracek, who spent some time on the first unit last season, has been playing mostly on a line with Sean Couturier and Max Talbot in camp.

Schenn, primarily a center during his young career, played at right wing toward the end of his productive AHL stint with Adirondack this season.

"I think it's a good thing to be a versatile player and play all over the place," Schenn said.

"He played some right wing with the Phantoms, and you can tell he has a lot of confidence right now," Hartnell said. "He's played some games, so that'll help G and I, and hopefully we can jell quick."

There is a top-line opening because Jaromir Jagr signed with Dallas in the offseason after scoring 19 goals for the Flyers last season.

"Jags plays differently than anybody else in the league," Hartnell said. "He's so big and so strong with the puck. I think he thinks three plays ahead of almost everybody else on the ice, so that veteran presence and leadership in the dressing room will be a little bit of a gap to fill. But you look around the locker room and there's a lot of young guys with a lot of enthusiasm and young legs. Hopefully, everyone can step up and have great years."

Schenn had 12 goals in 54 games with the Flyers last season.

"He's getting older and more experienced," coach Peter Laviolette said. "He's a talented kid. You watched him grow from the regular season to the playoffs last year. . . . He goes to the minors because of the situation this year and he was their [the Phantoms'] leading scorer, so there's a progression that will lead to opportunity for him to show what he can do."

Briere update

An MRI exam Monday showed that Danny Briere is healing nicely from a hairline fracture to his left wrist, general manager Paul Holmgren said. He said the center is "iffy" for the first two games of the season.

Paddock switched

John Paddock, who had been one of the Flyers' assistant general managers, was switched to an assistant coach to give the Flyers "another eye" on things, Holmgren said. Paddock will be in the press box during games and likely will confer with the coaches between periods.

Pronger back

Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, whose career is probably over because of post-concussion syndrome, watched practice from the balcony. He turned down an interview request, but was his caustic self. "Be gentle or feel the wrath," he shouted to reporters who were about to interview Luke Schenn.


Contact Sam Carchidi at scarchidi@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @BroadStBull.

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