Its no secret the Philadelphia Flyers are trying to get younger, with the Flyers selecting Nolan Patrick with the 2nd pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. General Manager Ron Hextall and the Flyers pulled a stunner by shipping Brayden Schenn to the St. Louis Blues for Center Jori Lehtera, the Blues 27th pick in the 2017 draft, and a conditional 2018 First Round pick from the Blues.
Brayden Schenn was born August 22, 1991, in Saskatoon, SK, Can. He has played in any situation the coaching staff asked of him. For his career he has registered 109 goals, and 139 assists for a total 248 points in 433 games played. Schenn was a power play specialist for the Flyers. He registered 17 power play goals in 2017.
Jori Lehtera was born December 23, 1987, in Lempaala, Finland. For the 2016-17 season for the St. Louis Blues, he registered 7 goals, and 15 assists for a total of 22 points in 64 games played. Hextall was asked if he was going to keep Lehtera, or flip him for other parts.
“It was a combination (Between the first round pick next year). Yes we plan on keeping Lehtera.”
With the 26th pick in the draft the Flyers selected Center Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. For the 2016-17 season he registered 20 goals, and 42 assists for a total of 62 points in 67 games played. This solidified his status for the upcoming draft. He has silky hands, and has a knack of knowing where to be and where.
The Flyers vastly improved in tonight’s draft. Not only did they secure a piece of their future with selecting Patrick, but they have cleared cap space with the trade of Schenn. Hextall continues the push with the youth infusion for this team. One thing is certain the future is bright in Flyer land.
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