Rookie Game: Flyers vs. Capitals – September 15, 2011

Published on September 15th, 2011

Philadelphia fans got a glimpse of the Flyers’ future as they were treated to a free exhibition game between some of their top prospects and a number from the Washington Capitals’ organization at the Wells Fargo Center.  The Flyers prevailed 3-2 as they dominated the 2nd period recording all three of their goals in this period.

Centers Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier and defenseman Blake Kessel were the more notable players suiting up for the Flyers.  Schenn was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in the Mike Richards trade and is one of the most coveted prospects in the league.  He did not register a point in this game.  Couturier was chosen with the #8 pick in this year’s entry draft.  The pick was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Jeff Carter trade.  Couturier had a power-play assist on the team’s 2nd goal.  Kessel is the brother of Leafs forward Phil Kessel.  He had a power-play goal and an assist against the Caps in this game.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren commented on the play of each.

On Schenn, he said, “Brayden did a lot of good things in the game.   He plays the body and he won some good face-offs at the end for us.   He made some plays, you know, you don’t want to see him try to make at certain times in the game, but he can do a lot of good things.”

On Couturier, he said, “I thought Sean did a lot of good things.   He’s good with the puck, and he made a couple good plays on goal.”
On Kessel, he said, “I think he’s a good guy and a hard worker.  He’s a good young player… We’ll see how he does at the big camp and maybe he’ll get a couple games up there. I liked the way he played tonight.”

Schenn will most likely make the Flyers to start the season.  Couturier and Kessel each have a shot to make the Flyers but will probably spend most of their upcoming down in the AHL with the Phantoms.

Wingers Tyler Brown and Thomas Hyka both had strong games each scoring a goal.

Sean Couturier

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