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12-10-2009, 08:30 AM
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100 games in, Schenn still learning

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Learning on the job hasn't come easy for Luke Schenn.

It's a lot to ask of any 20-year-old to make a positive impact in the first couple of years in his profession, and for Schenn, who reached a small milestone last night against the New York Islanders when he skated in his 100th National Hockey League game, trying to get it done on the Maple Leafs blue line in hockey-mad Toronto came with challenges the day the club drafted him.

"There have been ups and downs, but the big thing when you come into the league is there is a lot of learning to do, and I have a lot more to do," Schenn said. "Overall, I think it has gone well. Hopefully, the upside continues to grow.

"Having just turned 20 (on Nov. 2) and to be playing in my 100th game, it is special. I'm lucky."

Of the 12 defencemen chosen in the first round in 2008, only the Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty, who had played in 112 games, has seen more action than Schenn.
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I for one am happy with his progress. It's perhaps not quite where people have hoped, but he is only 20, and this is one of the toughest positions to learn. He's come on, especially lately. And his physical play has started to pick up as well. The hit he layed on John Sim last night is something I'm hoping to see a lot more of, from him.



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12-10-2009, 08:35 AM
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I for one am happy with his progress. It's perhaps not quite where people have hoped, but he is only 20, and this is one of the toughest positions to learn. He's come on, especially lately. And his physical play has started to pick up as well. The hit he layed on John Sim last night is something I'm hoping to see a lot more of, from him.
That hit on Sims was an absolute beauty! I have been waiting all year to see Luke lay someone out like that.

I know I have been tough on him with regards to his skating (I still think he needs to improve greatly on his foot speed), but he certainly has been playing better the last few games. Hopefully he can continue to improve on the not so good start to this season.

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That hit on Sims was an absolute beauty! I have been waiting all year to see Luke lay someone out like that.

I know I have been tough on him with regards to his skating (I still think he needs to improve greatly on his foot speed), but he certainly has been playing better the last few games. Hopefully he can continue to improve on the not so good start to this season.
Schenn is still learning, his victims can still get up and walk after he destroys them against the boards

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12-10-2009, 08:38 AM
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Colby Armstrong took a big hit from Schenn on Monday

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12-10-2009, 08:41 AM
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he will always be under the microscope here, which is good and bad... it was amazing how fast people started putting him in trade proposals here or ready to cast him aside... and that is something that is not just a problem here, but from fans of all teams, not willing to take the time with players...

he's been working hard and it's showing... he is one of the faces of the franchise, maybe a captain one day... but it's going to take some time...

side note, i would love to see him in a shootout again

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12-10-2009, 08:43 AM
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he will continuously be compared to dman drafted after him...del zotto and myers

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When Schenn plays 10-12 minutes he seems lacklustered but when he's getting 12-20 minutes he seems to make something happen and gets into the game more.. he has the make-up of a shutdown Dman, he's just young and needs confidence.. and I believe we're seeing the building of that confidence. Although I don't blame Wilson and staff for holding his minutes back whatsoever, I actually think it's making Schenn get the message being sent that he has to play within himself and keep his game simple.. don't make bad turnovers and ERASE people!! He's really starting to find his stride and I think we'll see a different Luke Schenn from here on out!!

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12-10-2009, 08:46 AM
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In each of the last 5 or 6 games he's thrown at least one hit that made me go . This is a good thing as to me, it means he's rediscovering his confidence.

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12-10-2009, 09:03 AM
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Play Schenn with Kaberle.......

He plays so much better with a Puck moving D besides him, and its not like he doesnt do the exact same thing as Komisarek.

Put Komisarek with XLB untill Gunnarson gets back.

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he will continuously be compared to dman drafted after him...del zotto and myers
People have already claimed these guys will be Norris winners.

I would like to wait and see until they have played a season like Luke did, then I will compare.

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12-10-2009, 09:32 AM
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Best part of that hit is when Sim can't hold on to his stick.

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Sim thought that was a late hit LOL.

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Sim thought that was a late hit LOL.
That's because he can't remember when it was

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i think he's confused schenn with the Yukon

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12-10-2009, 10:09 AM
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100 games later, and Id so much rather have Luke Schenn than Boedker and Shawn Lalonde, or Colin Wilson.

Boedker cant produce in the big league and Wilson isnt at the same level as others

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12-10-2009, 10:14 AM
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Luke is starting to regain his confidence and has definitely been playing better lately as a result.

He is going to be a key building block of the future.

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12-10-2009, 10:16 AM
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I never gave up on him. Hes back on track no, after an awful start

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he will continuously be compared to dman drafted after him...del zotto and myers
Which is stupid, because no GM would have picked either of those guys at top 5.

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The Jon Sim hit was pure poetry in motion. Schenn has been looking a lot more confident the past 5-10 games and it's really showing in his play.

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He'll be fine, I still believe he's one of the cornerstones of this franchise.

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Schenn has come a long way in the past 2 weeks.

IMO he looks better as a pro now than he did all of last season. He looks bigger, stronger and his speed is finally starting to increase.

He has a ways to go, but his development is at least moving forward.

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I still thinks he needs to do wind sprints all summer

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12-10-2009, 10:42 AM
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He'll be fine, I still believe he's one of the cornerstones of this franchise.
Exactly. There's no need for all the overreacting about Schenn, he'll do just fine here.

And yes, I never doubted him for one second.

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looking more and more like the Schenn i watched last year

physical, good positioning, doesn't panic when he has the puck in his own zone

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He's not a flashy offensive D-man, so when he struggles defensively it is going to stick out more and people are going to jump on him for not contributing. Those who were fixated on how awful he was early this season have to take into consideration that the entire team was awful. I still believe he will be a top pairing D-Man for a very long time and he is the kind of player you need to win in the NHL.

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