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Flyers Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier sign autographs at Chickie’s & Pete’s: Talk to Philly2Philly.com

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Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, two of the Flyers’ promising young players, stopped by Chickie’s & Pete’s on Packer Avenue Sunday afternoon to sign autographs, eat some of Chickie’s & Pete’s famous crab fries, and chat with some fans as well. Brayden Schenn

Schenn, who was acquired in the Mike Richards trade last summer, was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. After a slow start due to injuries in the pre-season (shoulder) and regular season (broken bone in his foot), Schenn bounced back and scored the first goal of his NHL career in the Winter Classic several weeks ago.

“(It was) unbelievable. It took a while to get it,” said Schenn. “I played some games in LA last year and then the games this year, but  to score in front of friends and family in who were in town and on such a big stage as the Winter Classic was pretty exciting.”

The play of the orange and black’s young crop of players is one of several reasons why the team has been able to compete with the Rangers for the top spot in the Atlantic Division standings in mid-January, and Schenn gives much credit to the team’s veterans for leading the way as they approach the season’s half way point.

“To have leaders like Danny B (Danny Briere) and Jags (Jaromir Jagr) is pretty awesome. Then there’s guys like JVR (James van Riemsdyk) and (Claude) Giroux. All the young guys can follow them and they’ve done a good job. Now the second half is a big test, and we have to come out strong.”

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Couturier is another one of the new Flyers who has tremendous upside. The 8th overall pick in the NHL Draft last June, Couturier has scored in four straight games, and thinks the Flyers have just the right balance of players needed to make a strong playoff push.    Sean Couturier

“We have a lot of new guys, but everyone has the same goal, we just try to win and do our best every night. There’s a good mix of young guys and older guys, and I’m lucky to be part of the team we have. Things have been going well, so we just have to keep it up.”

Couturier is also one of many Flyers to have been hit with the injury bug this season. He recently made his way back to the ice after a freak ear injury in mid-December when he was hit above the ear by a puck shot by Kimmo Timonen. Despite originally losing some hearing in the ear, Couturier only missed four games, and now says the ear is ‘back to normal.’

“It was a scary, scary moment, but I feel good now,” says Couturier. “Thank God nothing serious happened and I could be back here quick.”

If Schenn and Couturier fulfill the expectations the Flyers have set for them, chances are this day will have extra special meaning in the years to come for the fans who visited Chickie’s & Pete’s today.

Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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