Friday, May 30, 2008

Schenn, Luke - D - Kelowna

Luke Schenn / Kelowna Rockets WHL
D-R / 6-2.25, 216 / 02-Nov-1989

Skating: 60 / Skill: 65 / Sense: 70 / Compete: 70 / Tough: 65

Strengths: Thinks the game very well. Has underrated puck skill. Very advanced and won't need much development time.

Weaknesses: Not many. Somewhat limited overall upside, but who cares when he's already this good.

Does not get enough credit for his offensive ability. Should be at least a 2nd PP unit guy in the NHL. Has a very good shot. Rarely rushes the puck because he's so good at making the first pass. Decision making is outstanding. Plays a ton of minutes. Physical game and toughness is slightly overrated - not the angry head-basher many armchair scouts think he is. Best word for his phyiscal game is "effective" rather than "punishing".

Summary: About as safe a pick as they come.

Target/Want: If the big 3 Ontario d-men are gone (Bogosian, Doughty, Pietrangelo) then this is the one to get. Only forwards I'd take ahead of him are Stamkos and Boedker. Pound your fist on the table for this guy if you're drafting about 6th overall.

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