Welcome to the Official Site of the Philadelphia Flyers Join the Flyer Wire List Official Facebook of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Twitter of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Instagram of the Philadelphia Flyers Official LinkedIn of the Philadelphia Flyers
  • RSS

The Four Horsemen???

Huskins, Hall, Lauridsen and Rosehill have been an unexpected quartet of contributors in Flyers playoff push

Friday, 04.5.2013 / 5:37 PM ET / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
Share with your Friends

The Four Horsemen???

It’s a good bet, that as General Manager Paul Holmgren refined the Flyers roster in the week leading up to the trade deadline, the names that came into town didn’t inspire much in the way of excitement.

There is Kent Huskins, a healthy scratch for a month wasting away on the Detroit Red Wings roster. The Wings had such little use for Huskins that they all but gave him away to the Flyers, only getting a 7th round pick if he re-signs with the Flyers in the offseason.

There is Adam Hall, who was getting so used to the scrap heap that he went from Tampa Bay, to Carolina, back to Tampa Bay and then to the Flyers all in less than a month, hitting the waiver wire a couple times in the process.

Then there’s Oliver Lauridsen, a defenseman with the Phantoms who wasn’t really on the NHL radar, but thanks to a boatload of injuries on the blue line, was called into duty, leapfrogging three players on his own Phantoms team who all had NHL experience.

And finally there is Jay Rosehill. Known more for his fists than anything else, the tough guy had spent the entire season in the AHL and hadn’t scored a goal in more than two years.

These weren’t exactly the kind of transactions that garner headlines, but if you consider the role they’ve played in this late-season surge for the Flyers that has seen four consecutive wins and points in five straight games, and six-out-of-the-last-seven, maybe they deserved a little more spotlight.

Huskins may have had the quietest impact, but certainly has been a calming influence.

With a defense so riddled with injury, a veteran presence was what was needed to provide a calming influence.

It’s safe to say that if you scoured the league looking for that kind of player, Huskins probably wouldn’t have jumped off the page. And yet, he’s been up to the task.

Also on defense, Lauridsen has yet to lose in the NHL, being a part of wins in each of his four games in the NHL.

A big defenseman, Lauridsen has not looked out of place at all for the Flyers. He has taken a few penalties – which is pretty customary for a defenseman making his first appearance in the league and trying to adjust to the speed of the game, but the Flyers coaches aren’t bashful about using him at all.

He’s actually skated 17 minutes in two of the four games and has taken 74 total shifts, an average of 19 per game.

Hall played his first game Thursday in Toronto and had an immediate impact as a replacement for Max Talbot, who is out for the year with a broken leg.

Hall jumped right onto the fourth line with Rosehill and Sean Couturier and landed a big check on Joffrey Lupul that knocked the Maple Leafs star forward out of the game with a head injury.

He was also a key cog in killing off both Toronto power plays while his physicality opened up room for Couturier, who continues to play better with each game, picking up a pair of assists in the win over the Leafs.

As for Rosehill…

Sure he did his part in patrolling the ice and protecting his best players, even getting into a scrap with his one-time mentor in Toronto Colton Orr.

But he also forced a turnover with his physical play that resulted in a goal on a shot by Couturier that bounced off Rosehill’s pants and into the net marking his first goal since February, 2011.

Coach Peter Laviolette didn’t want to show too much emotion with the media about his new charges after the win, because it’s such a small sample size after all, but he did offer this about their work ethic:

“The new guys who came in tonight were terrific in that regard,” he said.

Hey, it’s a start.

Meanwhile the Flyers are ever-closer to a playoff spot, now just two points out with the schedule beginning to work in their favor – but they are going to have to continue to play at the level they have in these past four games if they’re going to complete an unexpected comeback and make the postseason.

And if they are, it’s a good bet that these four players – an unlikely quartet if there ever was one – are going to have a decent-sized part in it.

No one in Vegas would have laid those odds a week ago.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @AnthonySan37




1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
Privacy Policy | AdChoices | California Privacy Rights | Contact Us | Advertise Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use

Philadelphiaflyers.com is the official Web site of the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia Flyers and philadelphiaflyers.com are trademarks of Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.