James van Riemsdyk ... second-leading scorer on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Hard to believe, Harry, but it’s true.
JVR has a team-high seven goals for the Maple Leafs while his nine points are just one shy of Phil Kessel’s total.
Looks like last summer’s draft day trade that sent him to The Big T.O. for Luke Schenn is working out for both teams in different ways.
The Flyers have a big, tough, young defenseman who hits like bulldozer and blocks shots even if he lacks puck skills, while the Leafs have another young player who can deliver some offense and might someday achieve power-forward status in the NHL.
Does JVR still have something to prove now as the Flyers meet the Leafs on Monday night for the first time since the deal was consummated?
“I’ve always said in the past that when I’m given the opportunity to be a key contributor, I’ve held up my end of the bargain and was a productive player,” JVR told reporters on Sunday.
“For whatever reason, over the last year, with injuries, those types of things got in the way. But I always knew that I had confidence in myself and when given the opportunity that I would make the most of it.”
He was oft-injured as a Flyer and very slow to return to the lineup, something that irked management. Yet he was also a kid everyone felt was impossible to dislike on any level.
“Being part of Philadelphia was definitely a good place to play,” JVR said. “I have nothing but good things to say about the fans and the city and the great group of teammates that we had.
“Here in Toronto, we’ve developed an identity. Your actions say what you are on the ice. We’ve done a good job of being resilient and gotten off to a decent start.”
Confident JVR off to strong start for Leafs
CSN Philly | Feb 11