Maple Leafs Look Ahead: Luke Schenn and the Sophomore Slump That Wasn’t

April 27th, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »

Coming off a rookie season in Toronto when he stood out as one of the team's best, Luke Schenn came into this year looking to prove that a sophomore slump would not be something he'd have any part of.

But right off the bat it seemed that his season was doomed by the slump that plagues so many second-year players in the NHL.

He was a healthy scratch three times and due to the new defenders on the team, he saw his ice time dip dramatically from the previous year. It was clear that he didn't have the same role as last year and he would have to fight for minutes.

He was continually criticized for his declining play as the season progressed. His physicality was lacking, he sometimes seemed to be lost on the ice, and he was repeatedly caught out of position as the Leafs' tough season continued.

Heck, he went from being the one player Brian Burke would never trade to being rumored as a part of more than one deal shipping him out of town.


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