In the Fly-by today there was a lengthy discussion on Brayden Schenn, his potential as a player, and his trade value. That got me thinking as to who Schenn is comparable to in the recent history of the NHL, so I did some research of my own on Hockey Reference.com
I looked at all forwards from 2000 onward who had between .15 to .2 goals per game and .4 to .5 points per from ages 20 to 23 (So if a player was 20 in a season, that season counts, and if he was 23 in a season, that counts as well).
Here is a link to the full list of 45 guys, it's a little too lengthy to paste here. However, let's look at the guys Brayden Schenn compares to best on this list, as well as the best players overall on this list.
First, this is a list that includes guys like Daniel Sedin, Andrew Ladd, Martin Hanzal, David Backes, Dan Cleary, Tyler Kennedy, and Mike Fisher. There is some real talent in this list, as well as a lot of guys who are solid 3rd line and 2nd line options.
Now let's take a look at the guys who in terms of goals and points per gam compare best to Schenn.
This is a solid group of players right here, with Backes and Ladd clearly having the best careers so far.
Do I expect Schenn to become the next Andrew Ladd, no, of course not. That would be unfair to Schenn. Ladd is coming into his own as a top line player, and I don't think Schenn will ever be a top line threat. However, I think this exercise does illustrate how there have been a lot of pretty good hockey players who have had similar production to Schenn at his age.
And given that Schenn is only 22 years old, we should expect Schenn to see some definite improvement in the next few years.