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Brayden Schenn is back with the Flyers

Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 7:56 pm
BSchenn1By: Adam Gretz

When the Philadelphia Flyers take on the Washington Capitals Thursday night they're going to get their first regular season look at Brayden Schenn, one of the key players acquired in the Mike Richards trade over the summer. He was recalled from the American Hockey League on Wednesday, after spending four games playing for the Adirondack Phantoms. He started the season in the minors for two main reasons. For one, he was recovering from a shoulder injury, and perhaps more importantly, his salary cap hit wasn't going to fit on the Flyers roster at the start of the year.

Because of his contract structure his cap hit for this season goes from $3.1 million all the way down to $1.69 million because he played at least one game in the minor leagues. He ended up playing four, scoring four goals to go with four assists. For a team that is crammed to the top of the NHL's salary cap that extra $1.41 million in cap space is a huge deal.

In a related move, the Flyers also sent Zac Rinaldo and Harry Zolnierczyk back to the minor leagues.

Tim Panaccio of CSNPhiladelphia speculates Schenn could make his debut on a line with fellow rookies Matt Read and Sean Couturier, Philadelphia's first-round pick from this past June, which was acquired in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Jeff Carter. It would certainly be an interesting line, and a nice glimpse of what the future might hold for the Flyers as all three are highly touted, and in the case of Read and Couturier, already playing quite well at the NHL level.

As an 18-year-old rookie, Couturier is already logging a ton of minutes on the penalty kill, averaging 4:27 per game, a number that is fourth among all NHL forwards, trailing only Max Talbot, Lauri Korpikoski and Adam Hall. Read, meanwhile, has emerged as an early-season Calder Trophy favorite with two goals and four assists in five games. He's second on the team in scoring behind only Claude Giroux.

The Flyers, one of just four teams in the NHL that has yet to lose a game in regulation, are off to a 4-0-1 start and were the most recent team to systematically dismantle the Ottawa Senators, 7-2, on Tuesday night.

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Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:03 am

Brayden Schenn is back with the Flyers

Sorry. Correction. He was 1st overall in scoring 2 years ago. Last year he was sick and was 4th in overall scoring. He did win the MVP of the league and had a +55, though. That's pretty sweet.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:57 am

Brayden Schenn is back with the Flyers

Carter isn't a trade many teams would normally make because Carter is by far a better player then Voracek will probably ever be in his life and most likely a better player then whoever they drafted.
That 'whoever they drafted' was Sean Couturier. Check him out. He's no slouch. The Flyers were very lucky he slid all the way to 8th. He was ranked as potentially the top talent in the draft but suffered from mono which slowed him. He still managed to lead the QMJHL in points and was 4th in goals. The kid is already on the team as of now and has shown a lot of talent. People are more excited for Couturier than Voracek.  He's 18 and cut from the same cloth as Carter himself. I don't know if Couturier will show up in the playoffs whenever they may get there. I do know Carter has not. Couturier is already making heads up defensive plays that most pros take several years to grasp.

Really, don't take my word for it. Check the scouting reports. There are a ton on him.  

We won't know if Holmgren made smart moves or not for some time, but looking at what they've gotten for what they've given, he's done pretty well so far. Especially in the Carter move.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 10:29 am

Brayden Schenn is back with the Flyers

I loved the Mike Richards trade for the Flyers, I think they got a lot more talent back in that trade then Richards ever had.  And the fact Richards is only getting worse and not better makes that trade a no brainer.  The Jeff Carter trade on the other hand was a little different in my opinion.  Voracek and a first round pick for Carter isn't a trade many teams would normally make because Carter is by far a better player then Voracek will probably ever be in his life and most likely a better player then whoever they drafted.  But, the Flyers desperately needed a goalie and to sign Bryzgalov to a huge deal they needed to dump some salaries so Carter had to go.  I kinda look at the Carter trade as a Carter for Voracek, Bryzgalov and a 1st round pick because they couldn't afford Bryz without getting rid of Carter. 

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:58 am

Brayden Schenn is back with the Flyers

I am sure that there will be some bumps along the road, but this is going to be exciting.  The Flyers have needed a youth movement for a long time...I was so sick and tired when Clarke was here and he was trading prospects and picks for aging vets like Adam Oates and Tony Amonte and Alexei Zhamnov.  And when Clarke left it seemed like Holmgren was the same guy...ignore the goalie, get aging veterans for the stretch run and hope they hold together for the playoffs.  Now we have a lot of youth, with a little veteran leadership on offense.  Our defense is a little old, but you can't replace a Pronger or a Timonen.  And we have a goalie.  I am excited about this team for the first time in a long time, as it finally seems that they are trying to build for now and the future.

Since: Feb 22, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:26 am

Brayden Schenn is back with the Flyers

This Flyers team is loaded with young talent.  Holmgren deserves some recognition.

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:59 pm
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