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This could have been a very different season for Flyers forward Brayden Schenn. A player whose potential made general managers around the league fawn couldn’t get in his own boss' good graces.
It seemed from the start of general manager Ron Hextall’s tenure that Schenn was a marked man. In his very first draft, Schenn was rumored to be involved a potential trade for the Florida Panthers first overall pick, who inevitably became Aaron Ekblad.
This past offseason, Hextall gave Sean Couturier a very generous six-year, $26 million contract extension and left Schenn alone to see what he would do with one campaign left on his deal.
In his contract year, Schenn is proving that he can handle the top-line role and provide points on a regular basis. But it almost never came to be.