ON PACE FOR A CAREER SEASON
Brayden Schenn is playing the best hockey of his career right now in St. Louis. The Blues newest center was acquired in the offseason and is leading the team with 54 points in 59 games including 31 assists. He’s also tied with Vladimir Tarasenko for the most goals scored with 23 so far and holds onto an impressive +16 rating.
With Philadelphia, Brayden registered a total of 59 points in 80 games played, scoring 26 goals and tallying 33 assists in the 2015-2016 season. With 23 games remaining in his current campaign; He is on pace to beat those career highs by a large margin. I expect Brayden to score 33 goals and surpass 75 total points by the end of the year.
EVALUATING THE TRADE
Philadelphia’s return in the trade for Schenn included center-iceman Jori Lehtera, the 27th pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, and a conditional pick in 2018. The Flyers will possibly reap a benefit in the future as they’ve drafted prospects, Nolan Patrick and Morgan Frost. As for Jori Lehtera, he’s played a total of 39 games for Philadelphia tallying just 3 assists. I think it’s safe to say that St. Louis came out on top so far. We’ll be keeping an eye on Patrick and Frost in the future to see how this trade ends up looking as a whole.
A CASE FOR A LETTER
Brayden has proven to be a leader on his new club. If he can continue to produce at the level he has all season, I see him being rewarded with Alternate Captaincy. Schenn is more than just a piece of the puzzle. He brings the same intensity each contest. He’s not just leading the team in statistics, but he’s leading by example. #10 is accountable and consistent. I just don’t see this guy slowing down. He’s received an opportunity to play center in St. Louis and he’s running with it.
MAKING THOSE AROUND HIM BETTER
If you’re slotted in on Schenn & Schwartz’ line; You’re getting opportunities. The two are a dynamic duo that is fantastic at creating space and making plays. We’ve seen Patrik Berglund get his looks recently as he’s been playing the right wing on this unit. Also, we’ve seen the tandem create space for Vladimir Tarasenko when playing with him. The focus right now is getting Berglund going, and he’s looked good with these two. As long as the roster is as is, I want Patrik Berglund on that wing. #91 has been playing well with Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny.
St. Louis knew they were getting an effective player, but did they ever expect this kind of production? Night in and night out; Brayden Schenn contributes. He’s quickly become a fan favorite and is arguably one of the most consistent forwards on the club. The former Flyer has developed a chemistry with left-wing Jaden Schwartz that is unshakeable. They’re quite the 1-2 punch.
As for Brayden Schenn, I feel he’s just flown under the radar in the past. He simply didn’t receive the opportunity to play his natural position. Now he does just that in St. Louis, and he’s thriving. He’s fortunate to have an elite winger in Schwartz that impacts his game so much, and I don’t see Mike Yeo breaking the two apart.