On the surface, Luke Schenn is almost exactly what a Philadelphia Flyers defenceman should be. He’s tough, physical, and……and……. Well that’s where it stops these days with the former 5th overall draft pick.
Schenn’s foot speed is slow. His decision making, too poor, too often. He’s struggling, and so are his Flyers. Therefore, it cannot be considered a huge surprise that the rugged blueliner was healthy scratched last night against the Carolina Hurricanes. However, in the end, the coach’s decision to bench his 5th year pro made little difference. The Flyers lost 2-1.
Goal scoring has been scarce for Philly this season, and for that, Luke cannot really be blamed. Although, he was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs for winger James van Riemsdyk who has 7 goals this season, which is more than Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Vincent Lecavalier combined. But Luke didn’t make the trade himself, nor did he come advertised as an offensive defender.
There are rumours circulating about Luke Schenn’s future with the Flyers. Word is he may be on the trade-block. For more on that, check out this blog posting by Eklund of Hockey Buzz dot com. Eklund claims the Dallas Stars and another, unnamed Western Conference team have interest in acquiring Schenn.
Some defencemen develop late; it’s a tough position to master. Luke has time. He’s only 23 years old. The healthy scratch incident might be motivational, causing him to perform better when he returns to the lineup.
The Flyers next game is Thursday against the New Jersey Devils. The struggling defenceman may be awarded the opportunity to redeem himself then. Oddly enough, Schenn’s last game in the lineup was a 1-0 win over the Devils last Saturday night.