The Philadelphia Flyers‘ season came to an unexpected and unwanted halt a few weeks back, but for some players, the playing has continued. Both Brayden Schenn and Matt Read decided that the end of April would not be the finish to their spring hockey, joining the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) for its annual world championship tournament.
While representing Team Canada, a team that is always full of splendid and remarkable talent each and every year, both players have been able to capture some attention from players and fans around the world. That is something that is not so easy to do on any Canadian-based roster.
In seven games thus far, both players have combined for eight points (5G, 3A). Of the six sets of NHL teammates playing for Canada, the Buffalo Sabres‘ Tyler Myers and Cody Hodgson (10 points) have more points than Schenn and Read. The Washington Capitals‘ Joel Ward has nine points by himself, so with the combination of him and one of the other two Caps playing for Canada, they too have more.
For Schenn, it is his first rodeo in this particular tournament. He has not had a bad debut to say the least, scoring three goals and tallying one assist. For Read, however, it is his second stint with Canada in the tournament. He has already improved from his play last season when he played in eight games and scored only three points (1G, 2A). This year he has two goals and two assists.
Perhaps this is a little bit of an extra audition for Schenn. He will be a free agent is a matter of weeks, so anything he can do in this tournament to prove his worth of a new contract would be extremely beneficial for him.