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01-30-2014, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Broad Street Elite View Post
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).
Yea, the biggest difference between Foote and Schenn is their IQ and the league they play in, and both things go against Schenn. I'm not saying he's a bad player because he could be a solid 2nd pairing, 4/5, defensive Dman, but we had that already in Grossmann. He wasn't what we needed, and especially not for the price of Jvr.

If Schenn was exactly what the team needed than we wouldn't be having discussions about whether we should keep him or Grossmann.

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