The move many Philadelphia Flyers expected to happen at the trade deadline in February, happened on the second day of the draft. GM Paul Holmgren pulled the trigger today and sent forward James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Luke Schenn.
Luke Schenn is the older brother of Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn. Schenn has great shutdown ability, he is very strong, love to play a physical game, and has a solid first pass. He does sometimes put himself out of position, but he does have the ability to recover when he is beat.
If last year was any indication the Flyers will not miss James van Riemsdyk. Lots of players stepped up in his absence, due to a broken foot and a concussion. His absence led to Scott Hartnell elevating his game to a new level and setting career numbers.
Schenn should help cure some problems the Flyers have had on the blue line. He won’t help the Flyers out much in offense department, but he should help shutdown some of the opposition’s biggest scorers. He plays a game like Nicklas Grossmann.
Towards the end of the year, Schenn saw his ice time, because his coaches felt nervous about playing him in tight games and said he needed to simplify his play. He played fewer minutes but it seemed his play on the ice was fine and I don’t see that being a concern Philadelphia.
Look for Schenn to be the number two or three d-man to start the season.
NOTES: Both Schenn brothers were traded for exactly 1-year apart.