Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Saturday that the team has acquired left-winger James van Riemsdyk (pronounced VAN-REEMZ-dighk) from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenceman Luke Schenn.
“We are really excited by the parts of the game that James will bring to the Leafs,” said Burke. “He will provide speed, size, and finesse to our top two lines and we know that he fits those needs that we have wanted to address for some time. We thank Luke for his tremendous on and off ice contributions to our organization. He’s a true professional and we wish him the very best in Philadelphia.”
Van Riemsdyk, 23, collected 11 goals and 13 assists in 43 games for the Flyers in 2011-12. He shared the Flyers’ team lead with seven goals in 11 playoff games in 2011 after earning career highs in goals (21), points (40) and +/- (+15) in 75 games during the 2010-11 season. He has 47 goals and 52 assists for 99 points in 196 NHL regular season games.
The 6-3, 200-pound native of Middletown, New Jersey was a Hockey East 2008 All Rookie Team member and he was a Second Team All-Conference selection in the Hockey East in 2009 at the University of New Hampshire. He was drafted by the Flyers with the second overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Schenn, 22, scored 14 goals and added 61 assists in 310 career games with the Maple Leafs. He was the fifth overall selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.