Some may have wondered what the Flyers’ organization would be like without team captain Mike Richards and alternate captain Jeff Carter, and now that seemingly impossible dream has become reality.
Mike Richards was dealt to the LA Kings for center Brayden Schenn and right wing Wayne Simmonds. Richards recorded 66 points last season and led the team to the Stanley Cup in 2010. He was selected 24th overall in the 2003 Draft by the Flyers and will be a substantial addition to the Kings organization.
Brayden Schenn, age 19, was drafted 5th overall in 2009 by LA. He played four seasons in the WHL(Western Hockey Leauge) for the Brandon Wheat Kings where he marked 166 goals, 199 assists for 315 points in 224 games. This year Schenn only played nine games with the Kings and spent the rest of the season with their AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs.
Schenn appeared in the 2011 World Junior Championships, leading Canada to the silver. He tied the all-time Team Canada record for most points by a player in the tournament, and was named the tournament’s MVP for his efforts.
Wayne Simmonds, selected in the second round of the 2007 entry draft by LA. He has appeared in 240 games for the Kings and scored a total of 39 goals and 54 assists for 93 points.
Jeff Carter was sent to Columbus in exchange for right wing Jakub Voracek along with a first-round (8th overall) and third-round (68th overall) draft pick in this week’s draft.
Voracek was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2007 draft. In 80 Games last season, Voracek recorded 14 goals and added 32 assists for a total of 46 points. Voracek has great potential and will be a fine addition to the Flyers roster.
Jeff Carter was also with Mike Richards when they made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010 against the Blackhawks. Carter was drafted 11th overall in 2003 and has recorded 181 goals and 162 assists for 343 points in six seasons with the Flyers.
When Flyers Forward Claude Giroux was informed about the trade, all he had to say was “Wow.”
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