is 7th on their organizational depth chart for the leafs.
hard to imagine he should be set so low when he has this:
ASSETS: Has excellent shutdown ability and leadership qualities. Is steady, bull-like strong and takes the man with aplomb. Loves to hit and block shots. Strong positionally, he has the mobility to recover when beat. Makes a solid first pass. FLAWS: Has a heavy blast from the point, but he doesn't possess great offensive instincts, which will limit his ability to put up points consistently at the National Hockey League level. Can be guilty of putting himself out of position from time to time. CAREER POTENTIAL: Big-minute shutdown defenseman with upside.
his flaws really don't seem like flaws. all players have some limits in their game. our "big minute" shutdown d man doesn't have great offensive ability? so what?
i do wonder if his timeline has something to do with his ranking:
6/12/2012 Leafs GM denies more Luke Schenn trade rumors
3/23/2012 Nazem Kadri scores his fifth goal of 2011-12
3/10/2012 Struggling Luke Schenn likely to play tonight
3/01/2012 Brandon Bollig makes NHL debut Wednesday
2/16/2012 Leafs scratch Luke Schenn Wednesday night
what do you think?
is this an unfair ranking?
how confident are you that he will return and play well for a Randy Carlyle system?
MacLean is pretty solid when it comes to talent. The guy knows his stuff, he is just to busy being a blowhard lately. Kypreos is pretty bang on as well, just pulls the trigger too quick in some instances, when it comes to rumours. MacKenzie waits and waits and waits til he gets the news right, a very patient analyst and reporter, which drives people crazy but he is the guy who has the final say if true or false for some reason. Dreger is good with rumours but not a prospect guy. Everyone else just tries to beat them to the punch.
Schenn's flaws derive from RW's coaching. Some will disagree and blame me for trying to find a scapegoat, but its true. Thats why you see the supposedly " one of the deepest D on paper" fail miserably year in and year out. The personnel is there, the system isn't. There was no D being played under RW, and for a defensive D you can see why that would be a problem. Schenn, and Komisarek for that matter, were fully exposed under a speed game that RW implemented. This is why smooth skating D's (Kaberle, Gardiner, Liles) look so great compared to the defensive D's (Komisarek, Schenn, Beauchemin). Give him a year in a defensive system and he'll be a number 2 D come the end of it. I promise, next season Schenn will establish him self as a top 3 D on our roster, if not the best.
He deserves that ranking. This season he played worse than Komisarek, Liles, Gunnarsson, Phaneuf, Gardiner and Franson.
He didn't have as sheltered minutes as Franson, Liles or Gardiner but those three were effective at generating offense and moving the puck in the right direction while Schenn's shifts were spent with the Leafs getting shelled with shots, despite Schenn starting in the offensive zone about as much as Franson and Liles.
Phaneuf and Gunnarsson handled the tough minutes with Gunnarsson slightly under water and Phaneuf playing very well. Gunnarsson acquitted himself pretty well on the top pairing with the Leafs barely being outshot while he was on the ice, despite having fewer offensive zone starts than Phaneuf.
Komisarek faced slightly higher quality of competition but started the majority of his nonneutral zone shifts in the defensive zone. Komisarek wasn't great but the Leafs were outshot by less while he was on the ice than when Schenn was on the ice.
tl;dr Schenn was in fact our seventh best defenceman this season.