One on one with Trenton's Corey Syvret
For parts of the last few season, Danny Syvret had been an occasional defensemen in the Flyers lineup, usually filling in for injured players. Before the 2011-12 season; Danny signed with the St. Louis Blues and was assigned to their AHL affiliate.
Fans may not realize there is another Syvret playing in the Flyers system- Danny’s younger brother Corey is a defenseman for the Trenton Titans of ECHL.
Drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 6th round of the 2007 Draft, Syret stayed in the OHL with the Guelph Storm until 2010. After a brief call-up to AHL Rochester for four games in 2010, Corey would play the 2010-11 season with ECHL Kalamazoo.
On the K-Wings blue line, Syvret played 28 games, registering no points and 18 PIMs. In four playoff games, he registered one goal, one assist and two PIMs.
The 2011-12 campaign led to Corey starting in Trenton, the ECHL affiliate of the Flyers where his brother Danny had some success.
“[The Flyers organization] was a good organization to my brother," Syvret said. "And hopefully they will be good to me.”
Because Trenton and Philadelphia are so close, Corey was able to familiarize himself with the area. In fact, during the 2010 Flyers Stanley Cup run, he was able to visit his older brother and spend about two weeks getting acclimated with the Philadelphia and Trenton metro area.
As a second year pro on a team with many rookies, Corey says the youth is a strength rather than a weakness.
“Being on a team with guys your own age,” he said. “It brings us closer. We’re buddies off the nice, being friends and bonding; it will turn into success on the ice.”
The closeness Trenton has is much different from Syvret's experience with the K-Wings.
“[Kalamazoo] is a veteran team," he said. "Last year we had some cliques, it didn’t feel as close.”
Mitch Versteeg, the younger brother of former Flyer Kris Versteeg made the transition from Kalamazoo to Trenton with Corey.
Syvret believes the familiarity with Versteeg has helped him get accustomed to Trenton.
"It helps the first or month or so," he said. "Having someone to go get meals with.”
He then said, that some of his teammates poke fun at his relationship with Mitch
“We live together and room together on the road- we’re around each other quite a bit," he said. "We're [defensive] partners so we spend a lot of time together, so guys give us a bit of a hard time about us being stuck together, but he makes it easier for me. ”
Syvret hinted that he has another dream he wants to achieve, which is to not only make the NHL, but to play with his brother.
“It’d be better if we were playing together, at a higher stage for sure," he said. "You see guys in the NHL like the Schenn brothers they get to play their first game together. That’s pretty special.”