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02-01-2013, 05:33 PM
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I can't imagine Schenn being utilized as the stronger defenseman in any D-pairing and carrying his partner.
^^This. I watched 2 phili games and Luke was ok, looked actually better then with us last season. However, he was not offensively involved and therefore rarely out of position and in the situation when he needed to use speed to be involved in play. Phili's forwards back-checking all the time and pretty good on boards as well, which helps.
Still, regarding the trade, I don's think it helped Phili that much. Last season they were often playing from behind, losing by 1-2-3 goals and then coming back in 3rd period on potent offense and winning it in OT or SO.
Schenn is not pair carrying D and Phili still gives up goals in bunches and have one less weapon to compensate for it.
Leafs, on other hand, have abundance of D prospects that are as good if not better defensively than Schenn and even could contribute to offense. Not to mention that Komisarek played steady this year and arguably at the same level as Schenn.
And on top of not losing any dept on D, Leafs got what seems like top-6 forward with size. After he and Kulemin were called out by Carlile they both have been dynamite. So potential is definitely there. It is as obvious as it only can be. Here is hope that coaching staff finds right motivation and way to utilize him.
I only can hope for such trades to continue, when we deal from position of strength on wings and D to bring in superior talent to forwards.
I truly believe we are one first line center for depth scoring / d prospects swap away from being really good. Well, might be small upgrade in #2D position as well. Are there teams that need to shed some salary? (and who likes helping Blue Jays of NHL?)
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