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The Rookie Parade

Friday, 03.9.2012 / 3:22 PM ET / News
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The Rookie Parade
With a huge overhaul of the Flyers roster from the 2010-11 season that saw the Flyers part ways with nine members of the team that took to the ice in their 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff run, Flyers fans, coaches and management knew there would be opportunity for a couple fresh new faces to earn a job with the Flyers.

NUMBER OF NHL GAMES PLAYED BY ROOKIES

TOP 5 TEAMS:
346 - Philadelphia Flyers
277 - Ottawa Senators
265 - Minnesota Wild 
246 - Nashville Predators
209 - Buffalo Sabres

BOTTOM 5 TEAMS:
31 - St. Louis Blues
42 - Phoenix Coyotes
43 - Pittsburgh Penguins
45 - Winnipeg Jets
58 - Boston Bruins

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But who knew it would be this many? And who knew they would make this much of an impact and fill key roles on team hit with injuries.

“I’ve never been in a situation where there have been this many rookies available every game," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. "There’s lots of reasons why a team has success, but certainly they are a contributing factor.  Where we’re at right now, they’ve all been given roles and what we expect of them, they’ve done a really nice job.”

Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning is the latest proof of that. Manning's NHL debut last night saw him record nearly 15 minutes of ice-time on the blueline (14:59). The 21-year-old, who had received his first NHL recall less than 24 hours earlier, took 18 shifts, including one on the power-play and posted three shots on net.

"When I get an opportunity, I want to jump in there," said Manning after his debut. "It's part of my game. [That's what] I want [do] to contribute to the game."

According to Laviolette. Manning did that, and then some.

"He moved the puck, he generated some offense and defensively he held his own out there.  Coming in for the first time is never an easy thing and I thought he did a terrific job.  Played regular shifts, regular minutes and he looked good out there doing it.”

Not only did last night's game feature seven rookies, but three of the five goals, including the game-winner, were all scored by the freshmen core.

Following last night's NHL schedule, Matt Read's 19 goals leads all NHL rookies, while also ranking fourth among rookies in overall scoring with 39 points.

Sean Couturier is second among Flyers rookies with 22 points (11G-11A) and his defensive talents have earned him a plus-minus rating of plus-16, good enough for third among all NHL rookies.

Read and Couturier were even recognized by the NHL by earning a trip to All-Star weekend after being named to the group of 12 rookies chosen to participate in the Skills Competition and other festivities.
 
However, contributions aren't just coming from Read or Couturier. The Flyers have had six rookies make their NHL debut this season and double that amount to play in a game so far.

Eric Wellwood has come in and recorded three goals and five points in just eight games, while producing a plus-7 rating.

Wellwood joins Couturier, Read, Manning, Brayden Schenn, Zac Rinaldo, Tom Sestito, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Kevin Marshall, Harry Zolnierczyk, Ben Holmstrom and Erik Gustafsson who have all made an impact, not only on the ice, but with their veteran teammates as well.

The Flyers rookies have accounted for 49 of the team's 216 goals (22.7%), which leads all other NHL teams. They also lead the NHL with most games played by rookies (346) by nearly 70 games, with the closest the Ottawa Senators at 277. The Flyers record for most games played is 480 set during the 1968-69 season.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 53 16 29 -8 45
J. Voracek 53 8 35 -3 43
W. Simmonds 53 20 16 -7 36
B. Schenn 51 15 15 1 30
S. Gostisbehere 35 9 20 4 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
M. Raffl 53 7 7 5 14
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 51 4 9 -8 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 13 14 7 .917 2.65
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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