Now Healed, Schenn Ready To Show He Belongs

30 Nov

VOORHEES, N.J. — It’s been a rough year for Brayden Schenn. His world was turned upside down when he was traded to the Flyers from the Los Angeles Kings. He was supposed to finally stick with the Kings this year, but instead has battled a pair of injuries and spent most of his healthy season playing with the Adirondack Phantoms.

Now he’s recovered from a broken foot and ready to show what he’s got. Before the Flyers called him up, he had four points in three games with the Phantoms in the AHL over the weekend. The three games were played on consecutive days, which was a good test for his healing foot.

“I think it takes a lot longer for a bone to heal when you’re skating on it and stuff like that, but it feels good,” said Schenn. “I had no problems skating compared to what it was a week ago. It’s pretty close to 100 [percent] in the skate and it’s feeling pretty good.”

The 20-year-old hasn’t yet gotten the chance to show what he’s made of or whether he can live up to the lofty expectations that have been placed on him. He’s had only four games at the NHL level and is a minus-5 in that span. Friday will start his new opportunity.

“Well, I’m sure that’s what he’s hoping for,” said Peter Laviolette. “It’s been a bumpy start for him with the injuries, certainly the shoulder and then the broken foot. It’s probably not the way that he envisioned it this summer when he got a fresh start in the organization.

“I’m sure that he’s excited to get back in here and get going and be a contributing factor on our team.”

He may be given quite the chance to do that. In practice on Tuesday, he was anchoring the point on the second power play unit alongside Braydon Coburn with Danny Briere, Matt Read and Scott Hartnell up front.

“I’m sure he just wants to jump in and get some opportunity to play 5-on-5 minutes, maybe play some powerplay and show what he can do,” Laviolette hinted.

As for 5-on-5 play, Schenn skated with Max Talbot and Jakub Voracek in practice.

Schenn has played all of 13 NHL games and only has a pair of assists to show for it. The Flyers know he is a special player. He showed it from when he was in the area in July for rookie camp all the way through training camp and exhibition games. But surely he’s seeing this time as an opportunity to kick-start the NHL career he hoped to have.

“I think I’m going to get an good opportunity now, and I’ll try to take full advantage of it,” Schenn told the Courier-Post. “I’m not going to go out there and scores two goals a game. That’s not what I’m looking to do. I’m looking to contribute and be a part of a winning hockey team here.”

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