I'm old enough to remember the Flyers in the early 70's when they built through the draft and made timely trades (reacquiring Bernie Parent) before they won their 1st cup. I look at the Maple Leafs who luck out in getting a really good young player in the draft (Matthews) and the stars aligning for them to make the playoffs when every expert had them finishing anywhere from 11th to 15th worst in the eastern conference. Most Flyers fans have to realize how bad Holmgren left the Flyers in when Hex
It's really not without precedent.
For example, the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks. Over the course of five drafts from 2002 to 2007 the Hawks drafted:
Kane, Toews, Hjalmarsson, Byfuglien, Bolland, Brouwer, Seabrook. Three years later that core of the team won the Stanley Cup and many of them repeated the Cup wins in 2013 and 2015.
In that time they also picked up Bryan Bickell who won the Cup with them in 2013 and 2015 and Corey Crawford.
Now that's nine player
We can pretty much use that metric for every player as of late - Schenn, Simmonds, Jake and G. Apparently, Hextall thought that Schenn was not worth keeping around as part of the core and rather take the draft picks. Stats are wonderful but looking at stats alone leads to an endless cycle. Instead of Simmonds why not G who makes nearly double than Simmer? Why not Jake?
I can't read Hextall's mind but there was SOMETHING that he felt Schenn was worth moving. Maybe he believes
Laugh it up, but at even strength Schenn had exactly zero more goals than Konecny and only 2 more assists in 9 more games.
At even strength Konecny is arguable already as good or better than Schenn at almost 6 years younger than Schenn.
But but but the power play?
Schenn played more than twice as many PP minutes per game as TK and he did it with Giroux, Ghost, Jake and Simmer.
Put TK on the first PP unit or give him some better tools on the 2nd on
To sum up:
-he's almost a year younger than many in his draft class (explains his slight build too)
-he kicked ass at the combine, so pound for pound he's already pretty strong
-he can skate
-he has "elite" hockey IQ
-he's "a tenacious forechecker...very hard worker" (Red Line)
-"any player that goes on his line automatically becomes 50% better" (Red Line)