Philadelphia Flyers: 3 Ways Their Rookies Bailed Them out This Season

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Philadelphia Flyers: 3 Ways Their Rookies Bailed Them out This Season
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The Philadelphia Flyers were a team so riddled with injuries this season that they were forced to dress over a dozen rookies.

Players like Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Matt Read, Erik Gustafsson, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Zac Rinaldo became household names.

Sean Couturier posted a second best plus-19, second only to Scott Hartnell on the team, and led the rookie corps with 27 points.

Brayden Schenn was riddled with injuries through the first half of the regular season. However, once he got going in the second half, he ripped off 12 goals and six assists.

Matt Read was a pleasant undrafted surprise with 24 goals.

Bourdon and Gustafsson filled in exceptionally well when called upon to fill in for injured veterans. Both were positive in the plus/minus category and dependable when not over-extended.

Zac Rinaldo made a name for himself in the league when he laid a hit on Los Angeles Kings star Drew Doughty that left Doughty dazed and confused for a couple weeks.

Now let's take a look at how these rookies combined to grease the wheels on what looked to be a slow season.

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