The Wilson/Burke era was all about getting bigger and putting on weight. It killed Schenn and Kadri last year. Players always play their best at their natural body weight. Might've even been the Komisarek influence for all I know...
I'm so tired of people saying Luke Schenn is a good defenseman. Guy was brutal every year but his rookie season. And his so called good years weren't great either. The amount of turnovers and brain farts severely outweighs the occasional decent hit by far.
Don't know what Schenn is doing in Philly but JVR has been the first Leaf player to go to the net with authority and who will stay there to take the punishment necessary to score since I believe Gary Roberts left. This trait in itself is enough to make the deal worth it in my mind.
I think Schenn is much better insulated in Philly than he ever was here. I also believe Schenn and Dion didn't see eye to eye.
JVR is doing better here, because he's being treated like a true top 6 forward that he is.
That's the big difference. He's given the ice time here. It was difficult for him in Philly due to injuries, then sliding down to the third line, because Philly had a lot of talent up front. It was a similar scenario to that of Lupul in Anaheim. Top 6 forward with good potential, bad luck with injuries, moved down to the third line because of Anaheim's depth up front. His first (third of a) season with the leafs, he started to get his game back. Next season, PPG player.
I'm not going to say JVR is going to be a PPG this season, or any season after. Too early to tell. But it's not too far-fetched to see him ending up somewhere around 0.80-0.90 PPG if his game keeps going the way its going.
I just can't stop going back to that game against Pittsburgh. That wrist shot he fired over Fleury's glove made me so giddy.
Flyers fans seem happy enough with him.
I have only watched one game with the Flyers this season and he looked ok then.
We got the better player for sure, in terms of potential at least even do Schenn when he peak will be a key player for what ever team he plays for. If Granberg and/or Holzer becomes NHLers then we have our shut down d-man right there. Neither of them are as talented as Schenn and will take longer to develop but seeing as defensive d-man takes so long to develop anyway the extra years of waiting is no big deal. It is pretty hard to find talent like JVR in the later rounds, easier to find defensive minded d-man, that´s my point.
Said it from the beginning, Firing BURKIE was the best thing to happen in T.O. Why you say? He's too much of a distraction, all he would talk about is himself... he was his own self-promoter. Now Nonis can quietly resume control and make some side deals.
Kadri, Frattin and Kostka, all young Marlies making some noise on the team, something Burkie refused to do.