Brayden Schenn was on the ice Wednesday for the first time in weeks with his Flyers teammates.
He was on the “Scratch Line” centering Jody Shelley (healthy) and Andreas Nodl (left knee).
Schenn has been skating for three days, but this was the first time the rookie has been with his teammates since suffering a fracture in his left foot on Oct. 26 at Montreal.
He’s missed eight games while being on long-term injury.
“The main goal is to get it better day by day,” said Schenn, adding he felt “pretty good.” “Obviously, no timeline. Hopefully, tomorrow it feels better.”
Schenn went hard in drills, too, but remains in a walking shoe off the ice.
“If I can’t go hard then there is no point in me being out there,” he said. “I feel pretty good. Really, all I can do is get myself back in skating shape. Hopefully, it continues to heal.”
Coach Peter Laviolette said he couldn’t read much into Schenn being on the ice given it was just his first time and it’s been a while since he last skated with the team.
“He’s a great kid, who works hard, and eventually, he will get back in there,” Laviolette said.
Schenn said while the doctors haven’t restricted him, he continues to exercise caution on the ice.
“I haven’t been skating on it a whole lot,” he said. “Just be cautious off the start and test it out every day. I wear the walking shoe and keep it on for extra protection and what not. Just keep on the rehab part of things until the swelling goes down.”
This has been a rough season for Schenn, with a left shoulder injury in training camp, then being sent to the Phantoms as a result of that plus salary cap issues in early October.
All of that came before the foot injury.
“It’s not the start I was looking for,” Schenn said. “I know there is a lot of hockey left to be played, a lot of games ... hit some rough patches off the start here, but I think I can contribute to this team and get things out of the way.”
Again, there is no timeline.
“My job is to get myself ready to play a game,” he said. “Whenever that is, I will be ready.”