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More about James van Riemsdyk
A star at the University of New Hampshire and as a member of the American team in the World Junior Hockey Championships, van Riemsdyk was a coveted player in his 2007 draft year. In fact, he was so highly touted that the Philadelphia Flyers selected him 2nd overall with their first pick that season.
Though van Riemsdyk certainly didn’t play poorly over the next three seasons with the Flyers he didn’t really live up to the hype that had led the Flyers to draft him so highly. He managed to put up just 47 goals and 99 points with Philly, and despite his hulking size he never really seemed to fit in with the truculent, hard net-driving style that the Flyers liked to play.
With All Star defenseman Chris Pronger on the shelf, perhaps for good, Philadelphia was desperate to address the deficiencies on their blueline, and with an embarrassment of riches at the forward position, van Riemsdyk became trade bait. Ultimately he was moved to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for hard-hitting defenseman Luke Schenn, who moved to join his brother Brayden on the Flyers’ roster.
As a member of the Leafs van Riemsdyk has finally found his scoring touch, and is enjoying the chemistry he has found with sniper Phil Kessel, who, ironically enough, has become van Riemsdyk’s set-up man. At the rate he is scoring (11 goals in 20 games) van Riemsdyk will eclipse his career high in goals (21) despite the fact that the lockout-shortened season is just 48 games.
Leafs fans are hoping van Riemsdyk, along with fellow young stars like Kessel and Nazem Kadri can finally catapult the Leafs to a place they haven’t been in many long years: the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After that anything can happen. Just ask the Los Angeles Kings…