Luke Schenn: Is a Long-Term Contract In His Future?

November 5th, 2010 by Drew West Leave a reply »
What would happen if you asked Toronto Maple Leafs fans the question "So far this season, who has been the Leafs best defenseman?" After the game against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, at least 75 percent of fans would say, Luke Schenn. With the recent injury to underachieving Dion Phaneuf, Schenn was given the opportunity to shut down NHL superstar Alexander Ovechkin.

If most viewers didn't realize, by the middle of the second period, Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau had to keep Ovechkin away from Schenn throughout the second half of the game. This serves as an eye-opener to Leafs nation, that Schenn is turning into a bonafide shut down defenseman in the National Hockey League.

Ovechkin had recently stated that he hates to play against defensemen like Zdeno Chara, an intimidating, physical player who makes it difficult for the top offensive players in the league to operate. Now i'm not saying that Schenn is in the same realm as the 6'9", 260 pound freak Zdeno Chara, but if Schenn can effectively compete against a superstar such as Ovechkin, he is definitely on the right track to becoming a top NHL defender.

Now the question ...

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