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01-30-2014, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Protest View Post
Aside from that though, 3 of the most important things a hockey player needs is some combo of IQ, skating ability, and puck skills. Schenn is limited in all 3 areas. He can still be a good player, like a Grossmann with a little more offense, or a Coburn minus the skating ability. But that isn't the player the team needed at the time, and it isn't a player you trade JVR for.
Adam Foote had similar skating ability to Luke Schenn and definitely worse puck skills, but he was a dominate defenseman because of his physical play, shotblocking ability and hockey IQ. While there is a country mile between Foote and Schenn in terms of hockey IQ, a lot of that comes with age and experience.

Luke Schenn may never become a top flight defenseman because the game is wildly different today than when Foote was dominant, but he certainly can be a very, very good second pairing defenseman if he can learn to play within the confines of his abilities and maximize his dominant tools (strong like bear).

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