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HockeyThoughts
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The Luke Schenn Appreciation Thread

I know we're going a little overboard with the number of appreciation threads we have on around here, but one guy who deserves a thread to himself is Luke Schenn. After a sub-par and inconsistent sophomore season last year Schenn has been absolutely tremendous since Game 1 of this season and has never looked back.

He has currently posted (compared to other defenseman):
5G-16A-21pts (2nd for scoring on team from defense)
239 Hits (1st on team/1st leaguewide)
163 Blks (1st on team/11th leaguewide)
37 Takeaways (1st on team from defense/22nd leaguewide)
22:28 TOI/G (2nd on team/48th leaguewide)
18:42 ES TOI/G (2nd on team/21st leaguewide)
2:48 SH TOI/G (1st on team/42nd leaguewide)

He is on pace to post career highs in points (22pts up from 17pts), hits (251 up from 206), blks (171 up from 116), TOI (22:28 from 21:32)..etc

The best part is, this kid is only 21 and he's in his third year with the Leafs! He's a homegrown talent who Fletcher went to great measures to ensure was drafted and has been thoroughly developed right out of Junior with the big club. He is truly a cornerstone player for this franchise due to his consistent steady effort on the defensive side of the game and his exciting budding abilities on the offensive side. Schenn has the perfect frame for a defenseman, a great skating stride and hits like a truck -- a lot. He is future captain material and his apprenticeship under Kaberle has done wonders in improving his offensive awareness while I'm sure being on a Phaneuf-captained Leafs team is teaching him a lot about what it takes to lead a team. He has so much upside that he is still discovering, it's truly an exciting pleasure watching him improve game after game, and season after season.

Now let's enjoy Schenn's pretty first goal he scored this season:



And his end-to-ender against Boston!:





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