Flyers defensive prospect Oliver Lauridsen made his NHL debut on Saturday afternoon against the Boston Bruins.
Sunday against the Washington Capitals, veteran defenseman Kent Huskins, who’s been in the league seven years, made his Flyers debut.
Coach Peter Laviolette said it was harder to prep Lauridsen than Huskins because the former had never played in the NHL.
“Usually, when we prepare a guy called up of certainly a guy who comes in and has not seen any training camp or action with our club, it’s mostly done through video and chalk talk,” Laviolette said.
“It happens quite a bit. We have a lot of video ready to go to show different systems. He’s been around. I don’t think anything will catch him off-guard. It’s different from, say Oliver last night, where it’s his first game.
“This guys been around and even though he hasn’t played in a few games, sometimes you get bagged enough you are in pretty good shape. I think he will fit in.”
Huskins, who was acquired from Detroit on Saturday for a conditional draft pick in 2014, has not played since Feb. 24 against Vancouver. That night, he logged 20 minutes ice time (minus-1) during an 8-3 win over the Canucks.
“I was fortunate to get on the ice this morning with a couple of guys and take some shots,” said the 33-year-old about his lack of activity.
“After flying yesterday it was a bit of a stressful day. I think adrenalin carries you a lot in these situations, too.”
The Flyers need Huskins as a filler body on the blue line over the final 14 games.
“I kinda take pride in my defensive game and the ability to contribute on the penalty kill,” Huskins said. “Play a solid game in my own end and move the puck up to the forwards.”
He replaced Kurtis Foster in the lineup. The club was impressed with Lauridsen’s debut and general manager Paul Holmgren said he wanted to see more of Lauridsen to make some decisions on where he is in terms of NHL ability.
That doesn’t impact Huskins right now.
“I’m excited to come into a situation where I can play a few games,” Huskins said.