The news of Brayden Schenn’s recall from the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms on Wednesday, sent a shockwave of excitement and confusion through the Flyers’ faithful, who have become smitten with the current make of their squad, fourth-liners and all.
Coming off a dominating 7-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday and running their overall record to 4-0-1, the fun-to-watch Flyers have abruptly shuffled their lineup, sending the impressive Zac Rinaldo and Harry Zolnierczyk down to the Phantoms and inserting Schenn, a high-profile center, into the pivot-heavy fray.
But regardless of where Schenn plays, the minutes he receives, the line combinations it causes or whether the decision to tinker with the roster was the correct one, there is something to note here that shouldn’t get lost in the roster shuffle.
What a nice problem to have.
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Playing the ‘what if’ game with regards to the NHL draft is a time-honored tradition and hindsight is always clear as crystal. Looking back to see which team passed on Loui Eriksson, Shea Weber and Corey Crawford in favor of Dmitri Chernykh, Shawn Belle and Mike Egener, is as entertaining and heartbreaking as it is meaningless.
However, when it comes to the 2006 NHL Entry draft in Vancouver, the Flyers didn’t just make just one mistake to look back on and groan, they made three — in the same round.
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VOORHEES, N.J. — When Buffalo Sabres star Thomas Vanek hits the Wells Fargo Center ice in Game 1 on Thursday, it will be the Flyers job to indiscriminately shut down the highly productive forward.
And while going up against him won’t mean much to the rest of the Flyers, for Austrian-born Andreas Nodl, he’ll be facing the man whom he owes his career.
The 5-1 rout against the Ottawa Senators on Monday at the Wells Fargo Center, wasn’t without casualty for the red-hot Flyers.
After missing a hit in second period of the then close contest, Flyers’ forward Dan Carcillo dropped to all fours. He was helped off the ice and didn’t return to the game. The team officially called it a lower body injury, with GM Paul Holmgren saying the truculent fourth-liner would miss two weeks with a sprained MCL.
No call ups are expected. However, with James van Riemsdyk filling in for injured Andreas Nodl (toe), the Flyers may have to play down a forward when the team faces the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. There is no word yet on if Nodl will dress.
Carcillo has two points and 39 penalty minutes in 14 games this season.
Since being acquired by the Flyers in 2008-09, the only consistent aspect of truculent forward Dan Carcillo has been his inability to find a niche’. And that hasn’t changed this season. Logging a time-on-ice average of just 8:25 minutes for the first four games of the year, along with being scratched entirely in against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 16, it seems that the answer to where Carcillo fits is coming to a head in Philadelphia.
“I think I’m an NHL player,” Carcillo told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “In my mind, I think I can play and be effective in this lineup. Maybe (Flyers coach) Peter (Laviolette) doesn’t see that. Who knows?”
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Overcoming the loss of Simon Gagne’s defensive swagger, Jeff Carter’s team-leading scoring streaks and Ian Laperriere’s effort, won’t be easy when the Flyers take on the sixth-seed Boston Bruins in a second-round match up set to begin on Saturday in Bean Town.
But with some line changes and the insertion of certain black aces, the Flyers can only hope to manage the drop off as best they can.