There was no Claude Giroux or Alex Ovechkin; no Chris Pronger or Mike Green. The puck dropped shortly after 5 PM, in between games of a Phillies double-header across the street, and the Wells Fargo Center was about half full.
But Thursday night hockey was back in South Philly, and the 11,000 dedicated Flyers fans in attendance were given their first live look at several new faces, including Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier.
The surprisingly raucous crowd was treated to three fights and a 3-2 hometown victory, prompting fans to exclaim "We got our money's worth!" (Tickets were free).
Given this opportunity to take a look at some of the youngsters, these are the five standout performers as voted on by the group with whom I attended the game.
I apologize to the readers for such delay (almost 24 hours) but technology prevented earlier publication.
Without further excuses, here are the five most notable performances from last night's rookie game.