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With the future of Chris Pronger in doubt, Braydon Coburn needs to step up and become a big-time player for the Flyers. He is fortunate enough to have Kimmo Timonen to help him control the reins for next season, but eventually he will be gone as well—even now his age may limit what he is able to do.
Coburn is the future backbone of the Flyers, and he needs to show it this season. Hopefully he has learned from Pronger, and can also continue to learn from Timonen for one more year, what it takes to be a leader.
The 2012-13 season needs to be the one that Coburn begins to take control of the Flyers' blue line.
He needs to play with more force in the defensive end, and if he can contribute in the point department then that would be a bonus. He will be depended on a lot more with the absence of Pronger, and will need to develop a voice in the dressing room—if he already has not.
The stars have aligned for Coburn to become a force in the Flyers lineup, and this year is an important one for him to become a leader.
He does not have to be a dominant leader yet, but there have to be signs that he is going to become one. The Flyers will need him in the very near future, and the upcoming season is important for Coburn to show he can handle it and that the Flyers do not need Shea Weber.