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If the Flyers are to end their longstanding championship layoff, it will have to be as a result of contributions not only from veterans like Lecavalier but from the team's rising stars as well.
The two youngsters who will attract the most attention this season are Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier.
Both are entering their third season with the Orange and Black with the returns for both players through their first two campaigns proving to be quite inconsistent.
Schenn, the former fifth overall selection back in 2009, has managed just 20 goals and 44 points through his first 101 games in a Flyers sweater. After an encouraging 12 goals (but just 18 total points) in 54 games during his first season in Philadelphia, the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native produced just eight conversions and 26 total points in 47 games last year.
Schenn enjoyed an additional minute-and-a-half in average ice time last season and doubled the number of power-play points he contributed from his first season in Philly, but he failed to take that noticeable step forward in his NHL development.
Meanwhile, Couturier surprised everyone with his immediate contributions.
Less than six months after being chosen with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft, Couturier was a regular in the Flyers lineup and registered 13 goals and 27 points in 77 games during his rookie campaign. What's more, the Phoenix, Arizona native quickly established himself as one of the team's top defensive forwards.
But the encouraging start was dampened by a sophomore slump that saw Couturier record just four goals and 15 points in 46 games a season ago. In fact, during a stretch from February 21 to March 30, Couturier went 15 games without registering a single point.
Now both Schenn and Couturier enter their critical third year of NHL development. Both will be given playing time in all situations and will have the opportunity to play with some of the team's high-end talent with the hope that it sparks the next phase of their development.
If it doesn't, the future may not look so bright for the Flyers after all.