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Straight statistics are hard to compare between these two, with one being a scoring forward and the other being a stay-at-home defenseman, so take these numbers with a grain of salt.
I won't compare stat line to stat line, but here are each player's stats:
JVR GP: 12 G: 7 A: 2 Pts: 9 PMs: 8 +/-: 0 Avg TOI: 18:11
Schenn GP: 12 G: 1 A: 1 Pts: 2 PMs: 11 +/-: +3 Avg TOI: 20:36
JVR has seven goals so far this season and has delivered the type of offense that the Leafs imagined he could when they acquired him for Schenn. Two of his goals have come on the power play and one was a game winner. He has also chipped in two assists playing primarily with Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel.
Schenn is never going to give you big offensive numbers from the back end, but that isn't what the Flyers got him for. The key stat is that Schenn is a plus player at +3 in an average of 20:36 minutes a night on the Flyer blue line.
Real-time stats tell a more complete story with Schenn.
JVR Hits: 12 Blocked shots: 4 Giveaways: 4 Takeaways: 7
Schenn Hits: 46 Blocked shots: 27 Giveaways: 11 Takeaways: 5
Offense in check, Van Riemsdyk has not been overly physical or intimidating on the forecheck and has only delivered 12 hits so far this season, making him pretty low on the list of Leafs forwards. He also has four blocked shots and is a +3 on the giveaway/takeaway line.
Not too bad, but JVR's value so far has been more on the offensive production side of the line
Schenn, however, picks up some valuable points with his 46 hits and 27 blocked shots. He is the leader on the team in hits by a large margin with Braydon Coburn the closest defenseman at 26. His 27 blocked shots are second only to Nicklas Grossman's 29.
Schenn has always had trouble with the puck on his stick, and his 11 giveaways also make him among the worst offenders on the Flyers.