Sorry folks, been really busy over the past week or so. Let’s talk some breaking news:
“The Maple Leafs will announce as early as this afternoon that rookie defenceman Luke Schenn will be staying in Toronto and will not be going back to the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. Teams can hold on to rookies for nine games before their contract as junior-aged players kick in. The 18-year-old Schenn has played well enough to stick with the big team.
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On Draft Day ’08, the Toronto Maple Leafs made the bold move of trading up from the 7th selection to grab Kelowna Rockets defenseman Luke Schenn 5th overall.
Leaf fans have been waiting a long, long time for a young franchise calibre to fall into their lap, and they may finally have found one in Luke. Heading intoÂ the draft weekend, SchennÂ had theÂ presitigious honor of being lumped together into the group of elite four defensemen, who along with Stamkos,Â highlighted the top of this year’s draft class. Luke was proclaimed the most NHLÂ ready and defensively soundÂ blueliner among the group, but his supposed lack of an offensive game has caused some fans to label him as nothing more than a defensive stay-at-home defenseman.
*Update: Cliff Fletcher just reported to me via e-mail that getting Luke Schenn under contract is “not necessarily” his next focus.
Two more highly-coveted young defenseman out of the 2008 draft class – Alex Pietrangelo (4th overall) and Zach Bogosian (3rd overall) – have been inked to entry level deals by their respective teams today. Los Angeles’ second overall pick Drew Doughty put pen to paper back in late August.
Cliff Fletcher’s inference earlier in the summer was that he was waiting to evaluate the contracts of the other defensemen in the top half of Luke Schenn’s draft class before proceeding to sign the Kelowna Rockets rearguard. With salary and performance bonuses now counting towards a player’s cap figure under new NHL legislation, teams must be fastidious when constructing bonus structures.
One through four are locked up, five is on the clock.