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Brayden Schenn deal is Philly’s ‘first priority,’ says Hextall

May 22, 2014, 12:41 PM EST

Brayden Schenn AP

Ron Hextall was part of the Kings managerial group that took Brayden Schenn fifth overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, so it’s no surprise that, five years later, retaining Schenn’s services is at the top of Hextall’s to-do list.

“Schenn would be our first priority,” the Flyers GM said, per CSN Philly. “But he’s restricted, so there’s not a timeline there where you say, ‘It’s going to be done by this time.’

“Brayden’s a good young player, and we’d like to get him under contract as soon as possible. But again, there’s timelines there. It might be training camp, it might be July. I really can’t say. But obviously he’s a priority.”

Schenn, 22, appeared in all 82 games for the Flyers this year and posted career highs in goals (20) and points (41). One of the key pieces that came to Philly in the Mike Richards trade — Hextall was the assistant GM in L.A. at the time — Schenn just wrapped the last of his three-year, entry-level deal (a complex one, laden with bonuses) and will now go into what’s usually a tricky negotiation as a first-time RFA.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of deal Schenn gets. One comparable would be fellow ’09 draftee Nazem Kadri who, after scoring 44 points in 48 games during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, scored a two-year, $5.8 million extension with the Leafs.

Another comparable? Schenn’s teammate, Sean Couturier, who signed a two-year, $3.5 million extension that kicks in next season. In fact, the Couturier deal might be more applicable because the Flyers think there’s still plenty of maturation still to come for Schenn — much like they did with Couturier upon extending him last July.

“There’s a lot more room for growth. I think Brayden’s defensive game has gotten better,” Hextall explained. “Numbers wise, he’s gotten better, there’s room for growth there. This year, he was a little all over the place, he was on the wing, he was in the middle, he was with different players.

“I’d kind of like to try to stabilize that a little but, but we’ve got to find the right fit there, and easier said than done.”

  1. youcallthathockeyblog - May 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Hextall probably just boosted Schenn’s asking price a $1,000,000 or so

    • narfmoo12 - May 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      …Or he made this comment to gain some leverage in potential trades this summer. The common thought was that Schenn might be available because they had locked up everyone else, so this changes that perception a little.

  2. flyeredup202 - May 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Drive up that trade value, lets move him for something decent on defense. Can throw in his brother or a bag of pucks which ever gets the deal done. For someone that was supposed to be a difference maker in the Richards deal, turned out to be a throw in piece and Simmonds turned out to be the difference maker. Amazing how wrong the scouts can be on the two. Simmonds was rated as a 3rd line grinder, with a great work ethic but not talented with the puck. Schenn was rated as skilled with the puck and could be top 6 forward with great nack for finding the net, size needed to develop. Schenn is to full of himself to accept coaching and allow change to his game, I hope they ship him out town and let him get a fresh start. Luke could still develop in to a legit d man if he could just learn to try not to attempt to HIT EVERYONE THAT MOVES on the other team. He misses more then he hits, and with a solid puck moving partner he could be a solid top 4 defenseman. Lets see what Hexy does…. could be a boring off season but that maybe for the best.

    • goodolejr - May 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      This was B. Schenn’s first full season and he topped career highs in goals and points and he’s still only 22. It’s a bit too early to say Simmonds, who just finished his 6th year in the league, is the better of the 2. Right now, yes he’s produced much more than Schenn. At the same time, Schenn has been shuffled back and forth between C & LW and then saddled with Lecavalier who dragged every line down that he played on last year. Given all of that, I’d like to see Schenn centering 2 consistent linemates for a full season while spending the entire time at center before writing him off.

      • laxman1944 - May 22, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        He is 22……..Lets see what happened with other young players

        Patrick Sharp……..World Champion

        Justin Williams……World Champion a few times

        Seidenberg………World Champion

        Chris Carter……..World Champion

        Mike Richards…..World Champion
        I’m thinking we should continue to show some patience and watch the kids grow and see what happens from there……..just a thought.

      • flyeredup202 - May 22, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        The biggest issue with the Schenns is they both want to make the BIG play, and consistently fail. Luke likes the hit and Brayden likes to make deke moves that 85% of the time turn into a turn over. While I agree with you with having a constant line around him, he is a 3rd line center on this team. Coots should be the 2nd line center, he is the better all around player but because he knows how to back check and not glide back into the zone he gets placed on the d-line. I was huge on Brayden when he came to philly, Followed him as a wheatking, but his level of skill is not translating to the NHL. I hope you are right…. could be huge if he can turn it around.

      • laxman1944 - May 22, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        But with maturity/coaching that’ll hopefully change and their games will get more rounded.

        Develop hockey intelligence if you will

  3. flyeredup202 - May 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    If you don’t have hockey intelligence at 22 …… you may not ever develop it. We have lots of young talent that needs to stay, B. Schenn may not be one of those “talents”

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      Like Hextall says it’s hard to develop consistency in your game when you have no consistent spot in the lineup. So many Flyers fans whine about giving up too early on JVR, and that may be true, but he was even more inconsistent than Schenn. I’ve never seen such a talent be so silent for such long stretches. And part of the issue was that he never had a true spot with permanent linemates.

      If they want Schenn to develop they need to either stick him on the wing permanently (a la Matt Read) or keep him in the middle for more than 3 games at a time. There’s no question (just like JVR) that BSchenn needs to put some work in… his faceoff game MUST improve if he wants to be a center. But he also needs to be told whether he’s a center or not. Giroux is living proof that you can improve greatly in the faceoff dot with hard work. And Couturier needs to do the same.

    • flyerspsu - May 22, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Schenn’s hockey IQ isn’t one of his strong suits but to ride him off this early and think he’s not one of young talents to hold onto is ridiculous

      He put up 20 goals in his 1st full season as a 22 year old, give the kid time to develop, how many times are we going to ride off a player so early in their development

  4. flyboystransport - May 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    His offensive play improved but his defensive positioning was horrible again. I’d love to see him stay but if he’s moved for a #1d…..i wouldn’t complain. If he stays this season simmonds and Hartnell will likely be his line mates as long as he stays at center but he is better suited as a winger which would allow more freedom offensively

    • flyerspsu - May 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      It would take a lot more than schenn to get a #1 d

      • flyboystransport - May 22, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        I agree but I didn’t say you could use just him for a #1 d. I didn’t specify that he’d be the only piece for one.

  5. jkaflagg - May 22, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Trading a developing player like Schenn seems crazy, but then so did trading Mike Richards a few years ago….and while Richards has never played as well in LA as he did for the Flyers, it’s fair to say that the Kings would not made the step up to Cup contenders had they not made that bold move (and the Carter deal as well)…..

    Hextall should certainly not be looking to trade Schenn unless a player he deems to be exactly the right fit to move the team forward is offered….Doesn’t happen often, but Hexy saw what happened in LA and might pull the trigger if he feels strongly about a player….

    • flyerspsu - May 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      The difference is that the Kings weren’t far off from a cup team and Richards and carter got them to that level, the flyers are from that so it wouldn’t make sense to do a deal like that

      • flyboystransport - May 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        Richards and carter were role players for the kings cup run

    • President Charles Logan - May 22, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      still bitter that richards and carter are both on a team that has gone further then the flyers have in the playoffs…. again….?

  6. President Charles Logan - May 22, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    over hyped and over rated . both schenn sister are

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