Keep the tiger caged

As I pored over the hokey headlines this morning, I came upon Sam Carchidi’s article about how the Flyers are in no rush to promote Brayden Schenn.

Kudos, Flyers. You’ve made the difficult but correct choice.

Through four games, Schenn has tallied eight points, split evenly between goals and assists. As Carchidi wrote, he is “refining his game by playing in all situations for the Phantoms.”

Perfect. This is exactly what he should be doing.

Schenn is invaluable to this organization and the best place for him to be at the moment is in the AHL, where he can play big minutes, work on every aspect of his game, and whet his appetite for league-wide destruction.

Let Schenn dominate the AHL for 20 or so games — barring any unforeseeable injuries that might earn him an earlier call-up — and he will build up a full head of steam so that, when his time in the NHL comes, he’s raring to go, full of confidence and a desire to prove just how good he actually is.

To start the 2009 season, the Flyers left Claude Giroux in the AHL for 33 games, where he tallied 34 points, also split evenly between goals and assists, before setting him loose in the NHL, where he racked up 27 points in his 42-game rookie campaign.

Calling Schenn up now, as much as fans may want to see him don the orange and black, would be a case of fitting a square peg into the round hole. There’s no room for him and he would be buried in the bottom six, competing against fellow rookies Matt Read and Sean Couturier for ice time.

It’s better to let this situation play itself out naturally. Soon enough, the Flyers will learn which lines have chemistry and which could  use some tweaking. The team will know whether Couturier should remain with the big club or returned to juniors. Matt Read will either come crashing back down to earth or keep up his remarkable pace.

Plenty can change over the next few weeks to open up an opportunity for Schenn to showcase his skills with the big club. In the meantime, he’s continually making forward progress with the Phantoms and that’s an undeniable benefit.

 

  • Bob H

    Not to mention you try to actually have a team worth watching and players who can create excitement in the minors. For an organization which still trades away/quickly promotes its assets, keeping Schenn in Adirondack — I hope — is the first good choice towards rebuilding the system.

    • http://flyersfaithful.com Marcello

      That’s a very good point, Bob. I do think Homer has done some good work trying to rebuild the system/to compensate for the draft picks traded away, though. 

  • Bob H

    Not to mention you try to actually have a team worth watching and players who can create excitement in the minors. For an organization which still trades away/quickly promotes its assets, keeping Schenn in Adirondack — I hope — is the first good choice towards rebuilding the system.

    • http://flyersfaithful.com Marcello

      That’s a very good point, Bob. I do think Homer has done some good work trying to rebuild the system/to compensate for the draft picks traded away, though. 

  • Bob H

    Not to mention you try to actually have a team worth watching and players who can create excitement in the minors. For an organization which still trades away/quickly promotes its assets, keeping Schenn in Adirondack — I hope — is the first good choice towards rebuilding the system.

    • http://flyersfaithful.com Marcello

      That’s a very good point, Bob. I do think Homer has done some good work trying to rebuild the system/to compensate for the draft picks traded away, though. 

  • Guest

    good points by both of you and it was mentioned over the weekend that the Phantoms are also currently rolling 4 lines and have a lot of potential just like their NHL club. It is good to see and I hope Homer keeps up the good work because both clubs got MUCH better over this summer. We could really use a defense prospect or low-mid 20′s of age. That would put us in a great spot.
    Hartnell I like that he is older and experienced but at the same time he makes way too much and we can afford to lose him at this point. Also he was defending Richards all week and seems to be the only leftover from the whole upshall lupul carter richards carcillo etc gang

  • Guest

    good points by both of you and it was mentioned over the weekend that the Phantoms are also currently rolling 4 lines and have a lot of potential just like their NHL club. It is good to see and I hope Homer keeps up the good work because both clubs got MUCH better over this summer. We could really use a defense prospect or low-mid 20′s of age. That would put us in a great spot.
    Hartnell I like that he is older and experienced but at the same time he makes way too much and we can afford to lose him at this point. Also he was defending Richards all week and seems to be the only leftover from the whole upshall lupul carter richards carcillo etc gang

  • Guest

    good points by both of you and it was mentioned over the weekend that the Phantoms are also currently rolling 4 lines and have a lot of potential just like their NHL club. It is good to see and I hope Homer keeps up the good work because both clubs got MUCH better over this summer. We could really use a defense prospect or low-mid 20′s of age. That would put us in a great spot.
    Hartnell I like that he is older and experienced but at the same time he makes way too much and we can afford to lose him at this point. Also he was defending Richards all week and seems to be the only leftover from the whole upshall lupul carter richards carcillo etc gang