Sunday, December 21, 2014

All eyes on Schenn, Couturier

Centers Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier are taking different approaches as they try to earn spots on the Flyers’ roster.

All eyes on Schenn, Couturier

Centers Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier are taking different approaches as they try to earn spots on the Flyers’ roster.

Couturier is trying to gain weight on his slender frame, while Schenn is more particular about what he eats and is attempting to hone his body.

Cheesesteaks are off limit, Schenn said with a smile.

“I actually tried one in the summer, so I guess I’m good to go for now,’” he said after the Flyers’ prospects camp opened in Voorhees on Monday.

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Most of the fans’ eyes were on Schenn and Couturier, two heralded young players with a shot to make the team.

Schenn has a much sturdier and compact frame than the 6-4 Couturier. The latter is listed at 191 pounds by the Flyers, but he said he is actually 200.

Couturier, 18, said he has been trying to bulk up to give himself a better chance to make the team.

Schenn, 20, who has been working out with former NHL player/fitness guru Gary Roberts, was acquired in the trade that sent Mike Richards to Los Angeles and is in his third training camp.

Schenn says he feels “more confident and comfortable” than he has at any other training camp with the Kings.

“I guess the third time around” is easier, he said. “Hopefully I get a good opportunity, and I just have to make the most of it.”

Schenn, generously listed at 6-1 (he appears shorter) and 191 pounds,says he needs to improve his defense to make an impact.  “I guess that’s one of the reasons _ in L.A.’s opinion, anyways _ as to why I didn’t stick up there," he said. "So for me, I just have to focus on the defensive end. Just try to play a well-rounded game."

Because of his experience, he is given a much better chance to start the season with the Flyers than the ultra-promising Couturier, the No. 8 overall pick (acquired in the Jeff Carter trade) this summer.

The Flyers' veteran camp opens Saturday.

“I’m going to use this (camp) to get ready and be ready for the NHL camp; it’s a whole other level,” Schenn said.

Twenty-nine players worked out at the start of Monday’s prospect camp, which Schenn views as a time to “get in shape again. Play one game before we see the big boys. I’m using this to get ready for them.”

The Flyers will play the Washington rookies Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center.

"The real test," coach Peter Laviolette said, "is always the games."

Couturier will either earn a roster spot with the Flyers or be sent back to juniors.

“I’ll work out and give a good impression, and it’s going to be up to the staff to decide what happens with me,” Couturier said.

For video of Sean Couturier, click here.

Notes. Couturier could be shifted to wing; he said he played some wing in juniors and would be comfortable there.....Laviolette praised Zac Rinaldo, a scrappy left winger who is vying for a roster spot. "He's been here all summer; he's trained hard and got himself into much better shape," Laviolette said.....Chris Pronger, making a comeback from back surgery, skated at a much faster pace than when he first went on the ice on Friday.......Jaromir Jagr and Jakub Voracek attended a memorial service in Russia for the Lokomotiv players Saturday, and they are expected to be in on Thursday

 


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