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Blues acquire Schenn from Flyers

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Brayden Schenn is headed to the St. Louis Blues.

The 25-year-old center became a Blue on Friday after Blues general manager Doug Armstrong dealt Jori Lehtera, the 27th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft and a conditional draft choice in 2018.

"We're certainly excited to have Brayden join the group," Armstrong said. :He's got a three-year contract, the last couple years have been his best years and we think he's entering the prime of his career. He's a multi-use player, he can play all three positions and we'll probably start him out at center. He's certainly a guy we can use in the Top 6 and certainly could help our power play. He's a guy we're excited to have."

Schenn played in 79 games for the Flyers last season, scoring 25 goals and 30 assists (55 points). He has scored 20 or more goals in three of the last four seasons and has posted 55 points or more in back-to-back seasons.

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Schenn was a big catalyst for the Flyers on the power-play last season, scoring 17 of his 25 goals with the man-advantage.

"He's got huge character," Armstrong said. "That was one of the things that attracted us to him. I know people that have worked with him with the Flyers - Craig Berube has worked with him - then I also know people that have worked with him in Hockey Canada. One thing that always comes back is he's a team-first guy. We lost a lot of character in another trade today, and I'm not sure we would have (traded Ryan Reaves) without knowing Schenn was coming back."

In 433 career NHL regular season games, Schenn has scored 109 goals and 139 assists (248 points).

Shortly after acquiring Schenn, the Blues also acquired center Oskar Sundqvist and the 31st overall pick in the draft from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Reaves and the 51st overall pick.

Video: Hextall on Schenn/Lehtera deal

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