The Leafs' first round pick, and fifth overall, Luke Schenn is making a name for himself, and fast I might add. Five games into the preseason his play is not going unnoticed, and Leafs coach Ron Wilson is very pleased to have a young, fresh defenceman at his disposal.
At the beginning of the preseason there were numerous articles and talks predicting Schenn would be back in Junior hockey this season. Now the hype is building about Schenn as his play continues to be strong. Whether it's that first outlet pass or the grit of one-on-one play—either way he holds his own quite well.
Two weeks ago everything was pretty much set in stone for the top four defencemen on the Leafs' starting roster. They included Kaberle, Kubina, Finger, and Jonas Frogren.
Now Schenn has others thinking he is ready to play at the pro level, except there are others ahead of him such as Coliacovo, White, Stralman, and also Mike Van Ryan who was acquired through a trade to the Florida Panthers for Bryan McCabe and a fourth round pick. The Leafs would not have given up a draft pick unless they had something planned for Van Ryan.
With four games left in the preseason, if Schenn can continue his picture perfect game he colud very well be in the Maple Leafs' starting lineup. The question is, can he stick at the pro level?
He is not as flashy as any of the other defencemen because his A game is in his own end. Being a plus five already in preseason proves that. Look to see Luke Schenn make a healthy run at a spot on the Maple Leafs' blue line.