After multiple decent seasons that never quite lived up to the hype surrounding Brayden Schenn, the young center turned winger put together his best outing in the NHL during the 2015-16 campaign.
With such a great performance, Schenn showed he is turning a corner. However, the time has come for the PhiladelphiaFlyers to negotiate a new deal with the player.
Rumors are swirling as to what such a deal may encompass. Will it be a long-term deal? How much will Schenn get? Some are estimating that Schenn may get as much as $5.25 million a year when all is said and done.
With the NHL Draft now less than a month away, the Flyers are going to have to go to work on officially creating a short list of prospects to target.
For one prospect, the scouting process isn't over just yet. The next player in our prospect profile series is still playing, trying to help his team win the Memorial Cup. Our series continues with forward Max Jones.
For several of the last few seasons, the Flyers have used the NHL Draft to attack their blue line problem head on. The Flyers aren't rolling out a defensive group among the best in the NHL just yet, but it's safe to say they don't have a problem there anymore.
Last season provided only a glimpse, as Shayne Gostisbehere was the first of those draft picks to reach the NHL and become a permanent fixture. Sam Morin and Robert Hagg are closing in on that opportunity, molding their game in the AHL. Travis Sanheim got a taste of the AHL last season and is expected to get his first pro experience next season. Ivan Provorov may be nearing his NHL debut after another tremendous season in the WHL. Even a virtual unknown like Philippe Myers has emerged as a strong prospect for the Flyers.
Morin, Sanheim and Provorov were all first-round selections in the last three drafts for the Flyers.
Bottom line: the Flyers did a lot of their building through the draft and started to shift the focus of that building from defense to forward by using their second first-round pick to select Travis Konecny, another budding young prospect. That was the first forward the Flyers had drafted in the first round since selecting Scott Laughton at 20th overall in 2012.
The time has come for the Flyers to use their first round pick to again add to the forward position and after years of bolstering the blue line, the Flyers will have plenty of options at this year's draft.