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Luke Less Than "Schenn-Sational": Sophomore Jinx, or Under Achiever?

Eric WarrenCorrespondent IINovember 14, 2009

TORONTO - OCTOBER 1:  Luke Schenn #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs clears the puck away from Maxim Lapierre #40 of the Montreal Canadiens in the Maple Leafs home opener on October 1, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Luke Schenn must be banging his head against a wall right about now. If he isn't, he should be.

Shenn was drafted last year by the Leafs, fifth overall , and was touted in many hockey circles as a " Blue Chip-Blue Liner ".

When I first saw him play during the pre season last year, I said to myself, "Self, this kid looks like he's going to be pretty good."

I have got to stop talking to that guy!

All joking aside, after about the halfway point of last season, Luke Schenn all but disappeared. Once the euphoria died down, and the season wore on, he became just another struggling Toronto Maple Leaf player.

Schenn, has two points in 17 games so far this year, and just 20 shots. He also sports a +/- of minus-five. Which puts him tied for fourth worst on the team. He is still four spots ahead of Mike Komiserik, though, who is a minus-9.

Schenn is going to be one of the premier players in this league in years to come, there is little doubt in my mind of that, but he has got to shake this "sophomore jinx" that he has fallen into.

It isn't good to see that kind of under achieving on a regular basis, but he isn't the first player to go through it, there have been a great many of them that have gone on to be great players.

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Ron Wilson has been quick to leap to Schenn's defense in the past, but I think it may be time for young Mr. Schenn to spend some time in the press box for a couple of games, and see if that helps wake him up a little!

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