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08-24-2013, 07:17 AM
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Four things that have me up for the season:

1) Luke Schenn. This past season, he really turned it around and delivered a strong, sound performance. Is this the year he finally breaks through and becomes an elite shut down defender?

2) Sean Couturier. We all know he had a bit of a rough season in the shortened year, but can he shake off all the trade rumour stories and put together a Selke-caliber season. In terms of offensive progression, this should be the year that he gets some decent line mates and that he begins to ramp up his offensive output.

3) Brayden Schenn/Vinny Lecavalier. Will the Flyers keep Vinny as the second line center and move Schenn to the wing or do they move Vinny to the left side with Giroux and let Schenn be the second line center. This will be one of the stories to watch.

4) The goaltending. This has the potential to be very understated or incredibly bad. The key to all of this is Steve Mason. The Flyers can talk all they want about how they brought Emery in to push Mason, but the physical limitations of Emery now means that he's going to be the second option. With that being said, Emery is also a very good team guy and he really helped Corey Crawford in Chicago. He's a good mentor and I can see him being a good influence on Mason. As for Mason, he's taken a liking to Jeff Reese and he's been very receptive to Reese's coaching. This is also Mason's last chance at being a starting goaltender, so the pressure is on him. Can he hold up under the pressure? Can he play 55 to 60 games and then keep it together in the playoffs?

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