tantalum wrote:I think the problem with Schenn is that more often than not he gets thrown to the wolves. He's never been properly developed on a good team that knows how to develop kids. Sure he's been a healthy scratch a couple of times but it's on a team that for some reason believes they have great depth in the blueline when in reality they have spent two years scrambling to figure out some consistency. Consistency...something young D-men tend not to haveand why they need to be protected and brought along properly.
Schenn or Jack Johnson? No idea really. Johnson obviously has offensive gifts that are electric but his decision making on the defensive side of things makes the bad Bieksa look like a Norris candidate. And he has a Lindros like dad to deal with.
The same could be said of Johnson. I didn't realize he was a team-worst -21 last season, but he was leading the team in ice-time and almost all of his offense was on the PP. Schenn on the other hand was among the worst Leafs defensemen at -7 last year playing 22 min a night, but this year he's down to 16 minutes and is seeing substantially improved numbers. Johnson is putting up similar numbers to last year, but slightly less points and slightly better plus minus, but he's still leading the team in icetime while playing with Doughty, who is struggling this year.
Schenn is a 5/6 Dman on Toronto, what does that make him here? Johnson is #1/2 in LA, and that probably makes him a solid 3-4 on our team.
The defenseman I'd want out of Toronto is Cody Franson. He's young, gigantic, decent-offensively, and could be the clear-the-net defenseman we've been missing.