(Nathan Denette, The Canadian Press)
By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk)
Trade rumours about Luke Schenn heading out of Toronto began the moment the Maple Leafs drafted the young defenceman fifth overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. A strong, talented and big blue liner, Schenn entered the league with plenty of potential and has since developed into a solid every day NHLer, or has he?
Schenn, 22, has had a solid career with the Maple Leafs thus far. He has 70 points and 205 penalty minutes, 170 of which have resulted from fighting majors, in 295 career games. Outside of statistics, Schenn has been used in some of the most pressure-packed situations and often sees plenty of ice time against the opposition’s top players. But this season has been different.
Under Ron Wilson, Schenn sat out of the lineup as a healthy scratch on multiple occasions. Now under new head coach Randy Carlyle, nothing has changed. He played just over 12 minutes against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday and was once a...