Veteran Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn will have his work cut out for him in the first season of the four-year contract extension he signed earlier this year. First and foremost, he will be expected to play against other teams' top lines and perform to the same standards he did down the stretch and the playoffs last season. The team is also likely to rely on Coburn to play a bigger offensive role than he has at any point since the 2007-08 season.
Five years ago, former coach John Stevens regularly used Coburn on the power play. He compiled a career high 36 points (9 goals, 27 assists) to go along with a plus-17 rating in conjunction with Derian Hatcher (his main defense partner in the first half of the season) and Kimmo Timonen (second half).