Originally written on Tonight's Healthy Scratches  |  Last updated 11/9/14

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Luke Schenn #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on during a break in NHL game action against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 12, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers have reached a deal sending James van Riemsdyk to Toronto's ACC and Luke Schenn to the City Of Brotherly Love.

After being speculated for some weeks now, the trade marks the second in two days in which family ties are re-kindled, when Eric and Jordan Staal were joined in Carolina. Luke and Brayden have always thought about the prospect of playing together, but for quite sometime it seemed as if it wouldn't happen.

Luke was drafted fifth overall by Brian Burke in 2008 and expectations were through the roof. Beyond stretches where Luke has been good, his career hasn't been terribly impressive thus far. At least it's the first time Brian Burke has gushed over a first-round draft pick, right? Hey, Nazim Kadri.

Luke had 75 points in four seasons with the Leafs.

Speaking of underachieving draft picks, James van Riemsdyk! JVR was taken 2nd overall in 2007 and has accumulated 99 points in about two and a half seasons with the Flyers. JVR's size, strength on the puck, and shot were the type of things that made Paul Holmgren believe they had something really special. And they did. For sure. But sometimes things just don't pan out.

This trade has numerous implications for both teams. Toronto gets an explosive forward in JVR who has shown instances of brilliance netting 7 goals in 11 games in the 2011 Playoffs. A change in scenery might be just the thing that JVR needs and playing alongside Phil Kessel and a rejuvenated Joffrey Lupul might be just the place.

Basically, JVR has the potential to become a superstar. And that is exactly what Burke is going to preach, and quite honestly, it may not be too far off.

Now, the Flyers didn't get such a bad deal here, either. Make no bones about it, Luke Schenn hasn't been the dominant force he has been touted to be. But he is another guy who can certainly step up his role into an All-Star defenseman. Undoubtedly, the Flyers' brass are looking at this 22-year old imploring him to become the very thing they just lost. Chris Pronger.

Obviously, Chris Pronger's injury-plagued 2011-2012 season has raised the level of doubt of his return. This threw the Flyers into talks with Ryan Suter, specifically into this offseason. This trade might make any of those rumors obsolete. The Flyers may have just made the move for their man.

Despite the "less than explosive" starts to both of these young players' careers, this trade has the makings of something that can totally revitalize the way we look at them.

Two young players, traded one-for-one.

A dying breed of trade in the NHL and something that is quite refreshing.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Chris Paul-Blake Griffin no longer a fragile relationship

Marijuana reportedly found in Jon Jones' car after crash

Did Olynyk cost Celtics a chance at landing Love?

Adam Wainwright injury leaves innings void for Cardinals

Report: Cowboys not in running for Adrian Peterson

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kevin Love injury a powerful argument for playoff reform

Jon Jones wanted for questioning in hit and run

Pitcher throws perfect game with 23 strikeouts, still loses

Will LaMarcus Aldridge leave the Portland Trailblazers?

Wizards sweep listless Raptors

Clippers defeat Spurs, even series at 2-2

Previewing Game 7 showdown between Islanders and Capitals

WATCH: Rick Carlisle tapes mouth shut so he can't rip refs

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the quarterbacks

Greg Hardy faces teammate, Cowboys locker room leak

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce burns Raptors fans with epic troll job

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

WATCH: Former NBA’er Darko Milicic is enjoying life

WATCH: Alex Gordon leaps into stands for incredible catch

WATCH: JR Smith ejected for hitting Jae Crowder in face

WATCH: Kevin Love leaves Game 4 with shoulder injury

Joe Flacco content with current Ravens receivers

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Worst picks ever by every NFL franchise

Report: Marijuana found in Jones' car

Report: Cowboys not in on Peterson

NFL Draft 2015: Ranking the QBs

Top 10 storylines for the 2015 NFL Draft

Paul Pierce trolls Raptors fans

Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Darko Milicic is enjoying life

Pitcher throws perfect game, still loses

Will Aldridge leave the Blazers?

Alex Gordon leaps into stands for catch

Dana White: No more WWE for Rousey

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.