Schenn Brothers Re-Unite in Philly
A dream come true.
That’s exactly how both Brayden and Luke Schenn feel after Luke was traded from Toronto to Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon for James van Riemsdyk.
Luke, 22, will join his 20-year-old brother Brayden in Philadelphia a year after Brayden was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in a package deal for Mike Richards.
Brayden's comments via the Daily News:
“Since I joined the NHL, I’ve always been asked the question about what it’s like playing against your brother. Now, I’ll get to see what it feels like the play with him. I was real surprised when I found out. Luke called me to tell me he was going to be a part of the Flyers. I’m excited and stunned.
The younger Schenn played in 54 games last year, which was his first full season, racking up 12 goals and six assists on the third and fourth lines. He had three goals and six assists in 11 playoff games.
Luke, who said he was shocked to be traded, has been in the NHL for four full seasons now, playing at least 70 games each year. Last year, he had 22 points and was a minus-six in 79 games.
The most important aspect to Luke's game, and most likely his appeal to Paul Holmgren since his interest in Luke dating back to the trade deadline in February, is the fact he's a right-handed shot from the point.
But Luke is also an incredibly physical defender, another key ingredient the Flyers defense missed last season.
"He's a young guy, a [right-handed] shot," Holmgren said to reporters. "He's a big defenseman who plays physical and gritty and can move the puck."
The Flyers had been working on improving their defense the past couple of seasons, starting with when they acquired Chris Pronger from the Anaheim Ducks before the 2009-10 season.
“I don’t think anything shuts the door on anything else we may look to do to improve the hockey team,” Holmgren said. “We tried to improve our defense over the last few days, we looked for ways to try to improve it, and we think we did today.”
Some also say that Luke has a style of play that resembles the injured Pronger, who missed 69 games last season with post-concussion symptoms stemming from taking a stick to the eye in November.
"I wouldn't ever compare myself to Chris Pronger," Luke said. "He's obviously going to be in the Hall of Fame."
The Schenn brothers will be the third brother teammates in the National Hockey League. The other two are a bit more famous: Henrik and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks and the newly-formed Jordan and Eric Staal in Carolina.
Flyers fans hope - and Holmgren for the sake of not seeing a third trade blow up in his face - that the Schenn's, who are 22 and 20 respectively, will mature and blossom into a pair of brothers that can be mentioned in the same sentence as the aforementioned brothers.
As for van Riemsdyk, the Maple Leafs added a great younger scorer that is still full of potential. Adding his abilities to Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul could have a positive impression on the 22-year-old left winger.
“I believe it’s a good trade for both teams,” Holmgren said. “It certainly fills a need for us and I think it fills a need for [Leafs GM Brian Burke’s] team as well in terms of what they’re looking to do.”