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JVR traded to Toronto for Luke Schenn
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06-27-2012, 12:10 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montreal, QC
While JvR and L Schenn (as I posted previously) are interesting in their similarity of much-hyped prospects who have so far failed to hit their full potential, there are two important differences in how they have arrived at their current status:
JvR benefitted from the Flyers' roster depth and patience in not being rushed to the NHL. Schenn was cast as a phenom and thrust into that role too early, where he has largely and predictably fallen from grace. I would argue that Schenn has to unlearn some of his habits to thrive, while JvR needs to become more consistent in what he does well.
JvR's struggles are predominantly because of injuries. Schenn has, apart from a lower-body injury in 2008-09, been healthy and has missed games due to being a healthy scratch.
To say that the players are equivalent in their not reaching full potential, therefore, isn't showing the whole picture. On these two point, I believe that the odds are much more in JvR's favour that he comes closer to reaching his potential than Schenn.
That, however, is also a factor of environment. I don't know if I can objectively assess Toronto's forward development; my bias is that they aren't so hot with their young'uns, but I'm sure that's tainted by my dislike of the team.
Schenn could do well with a heavy dose of playing with Timonen on a second (or even third) pairing, and letting Timonen do the vast majority of the puck handling. Plus, I know I'm not alone in hoping for a stronger emphasis on team defense, and forward responsibility in own-zone coverage.
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