The Philadelphia Flyers and St. Louis Blues Have Completed a Deal During the First Round of the NHL Entry Draft Involving Two Centers.
The Philadelphia Flyers have moved center Brayden Schenn to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for center Jori Lehtera, their first-round pick who became Morgan Frost and a 2018 conditional first round pick.
Brayden has really cemented himself as a legit top-six center in the NHL since being traded from Los Angeles to Philly in 2011. He has a pretty nice cap hit that is over $5 million per year. But it pays off since he’s able to put up over 45 points per season. In 2015-16 he had himself a career year with 26 goals, 33 assists for 59 points in 80 games. Last season he posted 25 goals, 30 assists for 55 points in 79 games but unfortunately had a minus 13 rating. And so far in 433 career NHL games, Schenn has posted 248 points.
Jori Lehtera burst onto the NHL scene in his first NHL season in 2014-15 where he posted 44 points in 75 games. However, Lehtera has been on sort of a decline since then. In 2015-16 he put up nine goals, 25 assists for 34 points but finished as a plus 12. Last season he saw another dip in production with seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points in 64 games, he also finished with a minus-six rating.
Now, Morgan Frost, the other piece the Flyers acquired is going to become a very solid center for the club in the future and with Nolan Patrick on the team as well as Giroux the Flyers will be heavy down the middle for years to come.