For Schenn, that means a slow development curve since being acquired in the Mike Richards trade with Los Angeles several years ago. Coming over as a very hot prospect, his offensive growth at the NHL level could most generously be described as "slow and steady."
His name was in and out of trade rumors, and his reputation may have been at an all-time low this offseason. He saw fellow phenom center Sean Couturier get a long-term deal, while GM Ron Hextall said "let's wait and see" on a contract for Schenn. By training camp, he started on the fifth line, and Hextall reviewed his play as merely "okay."
For Gagner, he couldn't even get in the lineup most of the year. He joined the Flyers as a pure throw-in to balance salaries in the Nicklas Grossmann trade in the offseason, amidst lots of talk the Flyers would turn around and buy him out.
The buyout didn't come, but neither did the lineup opportunities. He was often a healthy scratch for the Flyers, and when he did play, it was usually on fourth line duty. The situation then got even worse, as Gagner was sent down to the AHL for the first time in his career.
To their credit, neither player complained. They both showed up for work, and were patient. Now their patience is paying off.