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01-21-2013, 10:02 AM
Join Date: Jan 2013
Maybe it's just me, but I'm not impressed at all by Luke Schenn. Knowing that he really doesn't have the tools or the instincts to be a true 2-way threat, I expected his defensive game to be a bit more refined. It's really not. He skates like he has lead in his boots, his positioning is poor, he's taken a few bad penalties, and his first-passes out of the zone leave a ton to be desired too.
He has the ability to develop into a good shutdown defenseman, but in the new NHL I just don't think those guys are anywhere near as valuable as the type of player JVR has the potential to become.
Upper echelon shutdown defensemen hit free agency pretty regularly, but top notch power-forwards never do. At this point in his development, there are/were several much cheaper free agents (Scott Hannan for example) that provide you similar performance.
I think we reached big time on Luke Schenn just because his brother plays for us.
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