Saturday, June 24, 2017

Blues Add Schenn

2017 Season July 1st Status
To St. Louis Pos Age GP Goals Points Years Cap
Brayden Schenn F 25 79 25 55 3 $5.125m
To Philadelphia Pos Age GP Goals Points Years Cap
Jori Lehtera F 29 64 7 22 2 $4.7m
2017 1st Round Draft Pick (27th overall, Morgan Frost)
Conditional 2018 1st Round Draft Pick

The biggest splash during the entry draft itself, came late into the opening round on Friday night, when the St. Louis Blues acquired forward Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers for a package that included forward Jori Lehtera, the 27th pick last night and a conditional 1st round pick on top of that.

From what is floating around the web, it sounds like this is a move for the Flyers to open up a spot for their top draft pick from Friday night, the 2nd overall selection, Nolan Patrick.  In opening up that spot, they also pad their futures with another 1st round pick in Morgan Frost and the Blues will give them another 1st rounder, either in 2018 or 2019, as the Blues could defer their pick, if it's a top 10 pick next year.

The Blues, on the other hand, gain a very talented centre, who has already put up good numbers in his NHL career and has consistently been a good hockey pool option for those filling out their forwards in the middle of the draft.  Last season, Schenn was ranked 82nd overall in scoring, 57th among all forwards, which would place him in the 4th round or so, and it may line him up with scoring talents like Vladimir Tarasenko and/or Jaden Schwartz, which looks awfully good on paper.

The Blues paid a hefty premium for a player like Schenn, but the early looks at how the roster is shaping up, it doesn't look like a terrible gamble, especially since the Blues made two 1st round picks already yesterday, taking Robert Thomas with the 20th pick and Klim Kostin with the 31st pick, they didn't appear to mortgage their future too badly to do this.

Both teams are going to look drastically different to start next season and it's probably for the best, either way.

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