As if picking five players on day two of the draft wasn’t enough action, the Philadelphia Flyers announced a deal on Saturday evening which sends forward James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Luke Schenn.
Van Riemsdyk, a second-overall pick in 2007 out of the University of New Hampshire, seems to be the victim of the elastic nature of expectations. He totaled 11 goals and 24 points in 43 games during an injury-plagued season last year on the heels of leading the club with seven goals in 11 postseason contests in the Spring of 2011.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Middletown, New Jersey native was the subject of offseason media fodder regarding his ailing hip and openness to the organization shopping him for a potential trade.
Over his three-year tenure with the Orange and Black, van Riemsdyk tallied 47 goals and 99 points in 196 regular-season contests, adding 11 scores and 15 points in 39 playoff appearances.
“We are really excited by the parts of the game that James will bring to the Leafs,” said Leafs general manager Brian Burke. “He will provide speed, size, and finesse to our top two lines and we know that he fits those needs that we have wanted to address for some time. We thank Luke for his tremendous on and off ice contributions to our organization. He’s a true professional and we wish him the very best in Philadelphia.”
Schenn, the fifth-overall pick of Toronto in the 2008 draft, picked up two goals and 20 assists in 79 games last year for the Leafs. The 22-year-old native of Saskatchewan has 75 points in 310 games for the franchise in the last four seasons.
If Luke is able to crack the opening-night roster along with Brayden, it will mark the first time since the end of the 1985-86 season that brothers will occupy spots on the Philly roster since Rich and Ron Sutter did so under Mike Keenan.
In any case, it’s a bizarre bit of symmetry since both Schenn brothers were acquired by the Flyers on June 23, one year apart.
The deal leaves the club with a little more cap wiggle room, as Schenn’s hit is roughly $3.6 million and JVR’s was going to be $4.25 million.