Would Luke Schenn still be a Maple Leaf had he played 1 more year in the WHL?
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11-08-2012, 10:02 AM
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Luke Schenn was physically ready to play in the NHL, but that doesn't mean playing in the NHL was best for his development.
Luke Schenn actually did show signs of a modest offensive game in Jr. He put up 28 and 29 point seasons before being drafted. That doesn't mean he was ever going to be an offensive producer, but it does show he did have some offensive upside that was never given a chance to fully develop.
If Marc Staal was the path Schenn should have taken, going back to Junior was the way to go. Staal was sent down to the OHL twice. He was given 2 extra years to work on his game, and capped it off with a Max Kaminsky trophy.
If the Leafs don't get a #1 goalie (and continue with the poor goalies they currently have) then the other young d (Gardiner and Rielly etc.) will fall backwards in their development, just like Schenn did.
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