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Luke Schenn's name has been appearing in trade rumors ever since he became a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. I, myself, have even entertained the thought of what the Leafs could get in return for him, but I don't think I would ever want to see the Leafs go through with anything.
Defensemen like Schenn are not common in the NHL and trading him would be a terrible move for the future of the Leafs.
Even though Schenn has over 300 games in the NHL over his four year career, it has been rocky at best. That can be attributed to his premature debut in the NHL as an 18 year old and spending almost the entirety of his career under Ron Wilson's shaky (at best) coaching style.
These are the two primary reasons why his development has been slower than most fans anticipated. Schenn has shown us how good he can be in stretches of his career which makes me think he's too valuable to trade right now.
This past season was probably Schenn's worst in the NHL to date. He made a lot of bad plays in his own zone with the puck and saw his ice-time decrease to the worst of his career at just over 16 minutes per game.
I'd like to think this is because of an offseason riddled with contract negotiations and uncertainty. Schenn didn't know he'd be returning to the Leafs until the preseason was about to start.
This probably had an effect on his training, and he couldn't properly prepare. I'm hoping that a focused offseason and proper training with the Leafs' new skating coach Barb Underhill will make him a more impactful player next season.
There are plenty of other players among Schenn who could benefit from lessons with Underhill as well.
For any of you who have questions about how good Barb Underhill actually is I recommend you watch this video. It shows how Brian Boyle went from the player he was during the 2009-2010 season (71GP, 4G, 2A) to the player he was during the 2010-2011 season (82GP, 21G, 14A) and how much Barb Underhill was a part of that.