Leading up to the trade deadline, Philadelphia Flyers are one team to watch for. The team is 12th in the Eastern Conference with 39 points, five points behind second wildcard spot. The team made a splash today trading Vincent Lecavailer and Luke Schenn to Los Angeles Kings for prospect Jordan Weal and a 2016 third round pick. Lecavailer’s agent announced that this season will be his last season, saying that he is retiring after this season.
This season in 29 games, Schenn has 2 goals, 3 assist, with a plus minus of -7. It has been a disappointing start for the season for Schenn. Even though its only been 29 games this season, Scheen has not really made an impact this season so far for the Flyers.
Even though Schenn is having a bad start to the season, he is still an average top 4 defensemen. Schenn has good speed, knows how to get the puck. Schenn is known for his offensive skills but do not underestimate his defensive skills.
Kings are getting good depth with Schenn and Lecavailer, Scheen could be slotted into the second defensive paring on the Kings. Now that Schenn is on a cup contending team, maybe that gets him motivated to turn this season around. The team is hoping to get a lot from Lecavailer. Lecavailer is still a great locker room leader. Put him in the bottom six or on the second line. That where he fits best being that he is past his prime.
Flyers are getting a great prospect in Weal, he was not getting a lot of time with the Kings. Now with a team like Flyers, he could reach his full potential in a few years. Once Weal hits his full potential, he can become a 25+ goal scorer.
Flyers win this trade, the team got Weal someone who has potential to be a good player in the league, for two players that were not performing this season. Since Schenn and Lecaviler has not been performing this season so far. Kings wanted depth forward and defense wise, but it cost the team a good prospect in Weal. This is a trade that helps the Kings now, since Lecaviler wants to win a championship now and he will bring some of that Stanley Cup leadership to the Kings. Schenn is also a good defensive help, since the team needs it on the bottom defensive pairings.