Brayden Schenn needs the Flyers, and the Flyers need Brayden Schenn. It is somewhat of a strange paradox for the fans. Schenn has been subjected to criticism from every angle, but this upcoming season could be a breakout year for him.
That story and more on this Monday edition of Rink Rats:
Back in late June, the 22-year-old signed a two-year bridge deal with the Flyers. His cap hit for the next two years will be $2.5 million.
Schenn had one of the most uneventful 20-goal seasons in recent memory. He scored 20 goals and had 41 points in his first full 82-game season. Despite being shuffled up and down the lineup, similar to Vincent Lecavalier, Schenn managed to have a decent year. True, he needs to be more consistent in his game-to-game play. Far too often, he would disappear for long stretches during the season. He was even more underwhelming in the playoffs, scoring three points in seven games. Schenn is still only 22, and still has plenty of room to go in his development.
This really is not much of a competition. Claude Giroux‘s backhand goal is going to win by a long shot.
I am not saying the tic-tac-toe goal is not incredible to watch. I have watched it several times in a row, and I just marvel at the puck movement.
Scott Laughton has become the prospect to watch during the last two seasons. Unless he kicks the door in at training camp, Laughton will start his first full professional season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Laughton is only 20-years-old, so there is plenty of time for him to develop even further.
Doc Emrick is one of the best play-by-play men in the business. He knows how to build a moment. During the Summer Olympic Games, he called a few water polo matches, and I could not take my eyes off the television screen.