This season has been nothing short of exciting for the Philadelphia Flyers. Between the clutch wins and energy inside the Wells Fargo Center, it really has been a treat for fans this season. Ironically enough, the Flyers took on the Boston Bruins today, a day that was fan appreciation day for the Flyers. While the fans do their part, the Flyers’ front office members really should start showing their appreciation toward one particular player — Brayden Schenn.
Schenn is one of a handful of Flyers who has yet to be re-signed. For a while, it seemed as if the team was going to make defense it’s top priority, and rightfully so. Kimmo Timonen and Andrew MacDonald are key ingredients in the Flyers’ recipe for success. However, the Flyers gave forward Michael Raffl a new contract last week. It’s sort of a kick in the teeth for Schenn.
Not to take anything away from Raffl, he is only a rookie, so judging his skill this early on in his career wouldn’t be fair. Schenn, however, is definitely on a different playing level than Raffl — now, at least. Having a career year, Schenn had scored 18 goals and has tallied 21 helpers going into today’s contest with the Bruins. At just 22 years old, it’s really hard to ignore the situation Schenn is in. After all, he’s clearly getting better as a player.
The Flyers do have a hefty load of offensive ability in their prospect pool, but there’s no way they can let a kid like Schenn slip away. Look, I understand the Flyers have to focus on their playoff run, but sooner or later they’re going to have to give their complete and undivided attention to Schenn. One can only hope that they’re prepared to do just that once he comes knocking on their door.