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The New Guys

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
June 23 has come and gone, and at the end of the day brings four new Flyers into the fold. Below is a quick 'Need-to-Know' look at each of the new members in Orange & Black:

ILYA BRYZGALOV
AGE: 31
POSITION: Goaltender
BIRTHDATE: June 22, 1980
BIRTHPLACE: Togliatti, Russia

- Posted a 36-20-10 record in 2010-11 with a 2.48 GAA and .921 save percentage in 68 games played.

- Has a combined 78 wins over the last two seasons, which is tied for the most by any goaltender in the NHL.

- Has appeared in 65 games or more in each of the last three seasons.

- Has a combined 15 shutouts over the last two seasons, which is tied for the most by any other goaltender in the NHL.

- Won a Stanley Cup Title in 2007 as a back up to J-S Giguere.

- Has played 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games with a career 12-9 record and 2.23 GAA and .925 save percentage.

- Had three consecutive shutouts in the 2006 playoffs, tying an NHL playoff record.

- Has been on Team Russia in each of the last three Winter Olympic Games and won a Bronze medal in 2002 at Salt Lake City.

- Led Russia to the Gold medal in the 2009 World Championships.

- In 2009-10, he ranked 3rd in the NHL in wins (42), 2nd in the NHL in shutouts (8) and 6th in GAA (2.29).

- Named to the 2009-10 NHL Second All-Star Team.

- Finalist & finished as the runner-up for the Vezina Trophy in 2009-10.

- Finished 5th in voting among ALL NHL players for the Hart Trophy (League MVP) in 2009-10.

Holmgren on Bryz:
“We rank Ilya as one of the top and upper echelon goaltenders in the League. [By] adding Ilya and maintaining the defense we had last year, we’re in a good spot.”

BRAYDEN SCHENN
AGE: 19
POSITION: Center
BIRTHDATE: Aug. 22, 1991
BIRTHPLACE: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

- Drafted FIFTH overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft

- Is HIGHLY considered by all hockey analysts as a TOP prospect in the game.

- Scored 116 goals and 315 points in just 224 games in his junior career.

- Tied Team Canada’s all-time record for most points by a player in World Junior Tournament with 18 points (8G-10A) in just seven games – was named MVP of that tournament despite losing the gold medal game.

- Was named the WHL Rookie of the Year (28-43-71) in 2007-08.

Holmgren on Schenn:
“He’s a little bit of a diamond in the rough here. He’s probably the best player outside of the NHL that’s not playing. He’s a tremendous young player and I look forward to seeing him.”

WAYNE SIMMONDS
AGE: 22
POSITION: Right Wing
BIRTHDAY: Aug. 26, 1988
BIRTHPLACE: Scarborough, Ontario

- Completed his third season in the NHL and has appeared in 240 of 246 possible games in his career.

- Has a total of 93 points (39G-54A) in his career.
 
Holmgren on Simmonds:
"We looked at our team at the end of the year and felt we needed to get bigger on the wing.  I think with the acquisition of Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds, both of  those guys are bigger
wingers that can play in your top-nine mix of forwards.”

JAKUB VORACEK
AGE: 21
POSITION: Right Wing
BIRTHDATE: Aug. 15, 1989
BIRTHPLACE: Kladno, Czech Republic

- Drafted SEVENTH overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

- In three full season playing in the NHL with Columbus he has appeared in 80 or more games each season, missing only five games and playing in 241 of 246 contests.

- In junior hockey he was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team & QMJHL Rookie of the Year in 2007 when he scored 53 goals and 101 points in 53 games.

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