Friday, July 5, 2019

Brayden Schenn Jersey Card

For a while, it seemed that Brayden Schenn was more of a talented trade chip than a player teams wanted to build around; the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers (each team with Ron Hextall as one of the top two decision-makers) both moved him while seemingly building contenders - the Kings went on to win two Stanley Cups, the Flyers were slowly being built into a potential powerhouse when Hextall was fired.

After a career year in 2017-18 where he accumulated 70 points (11 more than his previous best), Schenn reverted back to his mean by posting 54 points in 2018-19, taking over second-line duties while Ryan O'Reilly took the ice time on the top line. Schenn slowly and steadily plowed through, like the rest of his teammates, starting the New Year in last place and winning the final game of the NHL season.

That's right: Brayden Schenn, Stanley Cup champion. Before his former Flyers teammates.

And he celebrated in style, riding through Saskatoon on top of a firetruck with his father:
Now seems like a good time to feature him wearing the St. Louis Blues' garbs, more specifically the blue (home) uniform, with matching game-worn jersey swatch:
That's card #GJ-BR from Upper Deck's 2018-19 Series 1 set and UD Game Jersey sub-set. The scan doesn't really do it justice though, as both the picture and swatch are much darker to the naked eye, and the yellows are much sharper as well. It's truly a great-looking piece I was glad I landed.

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