The Flyers’ prospects met the Capitals for the fifth season in a row, the first of the series at a major arena. The game, especially in the third, was intense as the youngsters from both clubs battled to leave their impressions in front of the big bosses. However, at times, it looked like a typical rookie game with some sloppy passing and bad positioning.
Of course the eyes were two big names of the night were Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier. Schenn got a large ovation during introductions from the estimated 11,000 fans. While he wasn’t spectacular on offense, he was defensively responsible, including helping kill a Capitals 2 man advantage in the first period. Couturier got an assist on Blake Kessel’s power play goal and also played some penalty kill. However, showed he needs to work on his skating and will have to gain some strength before making the jump to the NHL. Both will get a longer look when they join the Flyers when training camp opens Saturday.
Newly signed Blake Kessel left his mark on the game, assisting on the Flyers’ first goal and scoring the team’s second, on the powerplay. Kessel impressed the fans in attendance, earning third star of the game. He easily stood out the most of all defensemen and showed why he was an Hockey East all-star last season with New Hampshire.