Luke Schenn: Future of Toronto Maple Leafs’ Defense Still Starts with Him

September 4th, 2010 by Cale Loney Leave a reply »
Luke Schenn, the future of the Toronto Maple Leafs' defense, had a few very important words for Nazem Kadri.

"There's lot of expectations," Schenn told Mike Ulmer of, "but the minute you start listening to everyone outside the rink, people tell you how good you are and you forget what got you here."

In other words, Kadri don't get too caught up in the hype.

Two seasons ago, Luke Schenn was the young stud defenceman for the Leafs. Often one of the few brights spots on the team, Schenn provided Leafs Nation hope for the future.

A season removed from his rookie year, and Schenn is the new whipping boy of Leafs Nation. After a slow start to the season, Schenn was scratched for three games. Schenn's play continued on inconsistently for a few months until—what will soon be known as the renaissance—Brian Burke made two blockbuster moves.

January 31 of 2010, Brian Burke traded Ian White, Jamal Mayers, Matt Stajan, and Nik Hagman to the Calgary Flames, and Vesa Toskala and Jason Blake to the Anaheim Ducks. The Leafs received their new captain, Dion Phaneuf, a great penalty-killer in Fredrick Sjostrom, and ...

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