He looked big and was willing to get in front of the net which was awesome to see. Protected the puck well.
However, he looked a little slower than I remember (could be rust coupled with a bruised foot from that Komisarek shot) and didn't get much ice time. His line looked solid in their limited viewing however.
Shows promise. So far, Luke has looked quite good from my limited Philly viewings.
Can't read too much into JVR's performance considering that his line only got 9 minutes of ice time.
On the other hand, I saw Luke Schenn cost the Flyers the game yesterday. He was caught flat footed (sounds familiar) on the rush with the game tied late in the 3rd period and took a dumb penalty that led to Buffalo's winning goal.
JVR didn't really do much in his first game with the Leafs, but that's understandable. He never played during the lockout, first game with a new team, and he played the game against the Habs with a banged-up foot. When asked if he was going to play against the Habs, JVR said (paraphrased) "There's no way I'm going to miss my HNIC debut against the Habs". I liked what he said a lot as it shows his passion for the game and it says a great deal about his character. I felt that the line of JVR - Kadri - Komarov was our best line all night and I hope it continues. I have a lot of love for JVR and it's only a matter of time before he's 100% and firing on all cylinders.
He was tying up Kennedy in front when the shot was taken from the point.
Yea, you'll keep making excuses for him until some point during the season when it dawns on you that somewhere in the range of 50% of goals scored against your team were either due to a deflection off Luke or a screen by Luke.
Watched the first Philly game and obviously the first Leaf one. JvR's line was the best on the ice, he looked alright, shielded the puck well, you can see his talent but he was slow. I like how he can release a quick shot aswell. Schenn looked okay in Philly aswell. (The flow is sick) but what I realized is that he got checked ALOT. Like.. he was getting ruined on plays and im usually use to seeing Luke deliver the hits.. he was getting trampled out there.