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A Look At The ‘New Guys’: The Returns from Richards

Welcome to the second installment of a five-part series focusing on the Flyers’ ‘new guys’ – offseason acquisitions, draft picks, and players who have made the jump from the AHL to the NHL. In this piece, we’ll be focusing on Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn, both acquired from Los Angeles in the Mike Richards trade.
 
Wayne Simmonds

Selected by the Los Angeles in the second round of the 2007 entry draft, forward Wayne Simmonds was acquired by the Flyers on June 23rd in the blockbuster trade that sent former Flyers captain Mike Richards to Los Angeles.

The 23-year-old spent three seasons in the Kings organization, recording 93 points in 240 games. In 12 career playoff games, he scored six points.

Simmonds, like fellow offseason acquisition Max Talbot, is a gritty player, aggressive with the puck and with his opponents. Even when he’s not putting numbers on the score sheet, he is contributing on the ice, creating chances and standing up for teammates when an opponent makes a wrong move.

That’s always something Flyers fans love to see from their players.

Simmonds is a streaky player at times. After recording five points in his first seven games with the Flyers, he went on a six-game pointless streak.

He recorded three points in the next four games, but didn’t put any numbers up for the next seven games.

Judging by his performance in his last three games, Simmonds may be on another hot streak. He’s scored three points in those games, including a two-point night on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

If Simmonds can find consistency, there’s no doubt that he will be a big contributor to the Flyers’ success.

He’s got the talent and the drive to be successful. Once he finds his footing on solid ground, things will fall into place for him.
 
Brayden Schenn

20-year-old Brayden Schenn was the additional acquisition from the Kings in the trade that sent Mike Richards to Los Angeles. The youngster was arguably one of the most highly-touted prospects in the league, with the numbers to prove it.

Schenn has spent time with the Saskatoon Contacts (SMHL), the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), the Saskatoon Blades (WHL) the Manchester Monarchs (AHL), and played in nine games at the NHL level with the Kings before coming over to Philadelphia.

In 197 games with the Wheat Kings, Schenn recorded 262 points. In 27 with the Blades, he recorded 53 points. Pretty impressive numbers for such a young player.

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Schenn represented Canada in the World Juniors Championship during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons, scoring 26 points in 13 total games.

Team Canada took home the silver medal in 2010, and Schenn was a big part of that, with eight points in those six games.

Knowing of his stellar performance in the minors, Flyers fans were anxious to see what Schenn could contribute at the NHL level.

He looked good in training camp and in the preseason, but started the regular season in the AHL with the Phantoms while he rehabbing from a shoulder injury. Schenn had a strong showing in four games with the Phantoms, tallying eight points with four goals and four assists.

Unfortunately, due to injury, Schenn has only played in six games with the Flyers so far this season. After playing in only two games since October 23, he has sat for the last two games with an undisclosed “upper body injury.” Today it was announced that he would be out indefinitly with concussion like symptoms.

Schenn absolutely has the potential and talent to be an elite player in the NHL. If he can stay injury-free, he has all of the makings of a future superstar.

 

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