It's not everyday an up and coming superstar gets to face his older brother in his debut with a new team. That's what happens tonight when the Philadelphia Flyers' Brayden Schenn takes the ice in Toronto to face his brother, Luke.
Not only do the Schenn brothers get to battle it out, but there is another duo of brothers set to square off: Toronto's Phil Kessel and Philadelphia's Blake Kessel.
With the heat of the rivalry between the two clubs and two sets of brothers playing against each other, this might turn into an NHL version of Jerry Springer. All joking aside though, the younger brothers of each tandem belonging to the Flyers have roster spots to earn.
Yes, Brayden Schenn is a promising prospect, but older brother Luke is an established player with his team. Considering the Philadelphia Flyers' limited cap space, Brayden needs to continue wowing Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette to make the team.
Sending Brayden down to the minors is a much-considered option. Even as much as coaches and fans alike would rather him be in Flyer orange come October and not have to wait another year to see this treasure of the Mike Richards trade. However, the Philadelphia Flyers do have a plethora of talent to sift through and the salary cap is not forgiving.
Blake Kessel has not seen any NHL action and remains relatively unknown to the Flyers fanbase. However, Phil Kessel, much like Luke Schenn, is an established player who has registered 30 goals a season since the '08-'09 season.
What the Flyers and their fans are hoping is that these two younger brothers can resemble their older brothers, further strengthening the team's newly shaped roster.
Since his arrival, Blake Kessel has managed to do some damage in the limited time he's been with the team. In last Thursday's rookie game between Philadelphia and Washington, he scored a goal and registered an assist. Much like his counterpart Brayden Schenn, Blake Kessel still has an uphill battle cracking the Flyers' roster with all the defensive depth.
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