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11-01-2013, 10:17 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
It's interesting to see the Luke Schenn debate on here, it's quite similar to the running conversation we've had since we drafted him in Toronto.
Schenn sucks, but because of the hugely expensive price it took for Toronto and Philadelphia to get him (we had to trade up to the 5 spot which was the highest the team had drafted since 1989), there's always a portion of the fanbase who has to make excuses for him.
He can't skate, which compromises everything. His vision and IQ isn't special and he has a low panic threshold, so he's basically overwhelmed by the play around him and in his head. He's strong and willing to lay the body but it's usually useless hits on the boards that often doesn't even cause a turn over. He has a good outlet pass, but a slow wind up which makes his point shot useless.
People say Schenn is young, and in a way this is a good excuse for him. Maybe one day he'll grow into a Luke Richardson type veteran defenseman who can really play a limited solid game, but it's not worth it to any organization to wait on those growing pains. He also came into the league in a man's body and has logged close to 400 games so on the other hand, there's no physical maturation or some lightbulb going off in his head.
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