Interesting to see how Luke Schenn is quietly becoming (as quiet as can be expected only a handful of games into a campaign) the NHL rookie people are talking about. Check out these gems from the Islanders blog:
“But going into last night’s games, defenseman Luke Schenn, the player Toronto took with the fifth pick from the Isles, led all rookies in average ice time with 21:39 per game. He ranked third on the Maple Leafs behind veteran stalwarts Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina.”
It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. If defence is, as reported, the hardest position to adjust to, the fact that Wilson is giving just over 1/3 of a game to the rookie is pretty wild. Not only that, Schenn is getting that reward despite being a team worst -4.(Schenn is tied with John Mitchell).
“Of the four top defensemen in the draft, Schenn was the only defensive defenseman, which is why Drew Doughty, Zach Bogosian and Alex Pietrangelo went second, third and fourth. But defensive toughness might be the most underrated quality of all when it comes to assembling a perennial contender. Imagine how much the Islanders could use a 6-2, 216-pound ball of muscle on their blue line and in front of the net. If Schenn turns into Scott Stevens in terms of his hitting and leadership ability, then, the Islanders have missed the mark.”
What is interesting to me about this again, is that we are only 6 or so games in…Is it an over-reaction??? Or is it just that Luke is a solid 2 way player??? Don’t you love the Scott Stevens comment again?
“Judgment day on the wisdom of the Islanders’ draft strategy is a long ways down the road. But if the growth process is going to be as painful as it has been through the first six games, it would be a lot easier to take if the Isles had a guy like Schenn to mold as a future cornerstone on defense.”
Ahhhh yes hindsight….Take stock Islanders fans, we leaf fans have a team of all stars whom were picked behind us in the draft….
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