By David Strehle
NHL Hot Stove Managing Editor
It should have been a good time for rookie Zac Rinaldo to showcase what he could bring to the Flyers with Jody Shelley serving a five-game suspension to open the season.
Rinaldo hits LA's Matt Greene (Photo credit: Ron Cortes / McClatchy-Tribune)
But it has actually been a bit difficult for Rinaldo to prove anything to the coaching staff.
Between teams commiting stick fouls and officiating taking a whistle-happy approach, the early portion of the schedule has featured an inordinate amount of special teams play. That has meant very limited ice time for the 21-year-old rookie.
Averaging just over five minutes of ice time per contest, Rinaldo has still been able to make an impression.
Rinaldo stated during the preseason that he wouldn’t be fighting the opponent’s heavyweight every night, and he wanted to bring more to the table than just his propensity for fisticuffs.
He picked up his first NHL point when official scorers added a sec...