The benefit of being with the Phantoms instead of the Flyers for players like Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier is the opportunity to fill a different role and work on different skills.
Couturier was largely a defensive forward in the NHL last year. He previously said he wanted to work on his offensive game and he got the chance to do just that in the Phantoms' season opener.
Couturier played on Adirondack's power play, something he didn't do for the Flyers, and scored his first professional power play goal - though he didn't know it until reporters told him after the game.
"It felt pretty good. It was a key goal at a key moment in the game. I think the guys did a good job battling to get the goal to me on the side with an open net," Couturier said.
"For sure (Schenn and I) had different roles, but I think as we grow in pro hockey our roles will step up. We just have to be patient and wait our chance and being in the AHL is the perfect opportunity for us to capitalize on one of those chances to show what we've got offensively and play in those key situations."
Schenn also recorded a first, his first professional short-handed goal.
"It's a lot of power play time, a lot of PK time, playing in all situations," Schenn said. "That's what we look forward to coming down here and we're just enjoying being down here while the lockout's on."