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Luke Schenn  #22

Philadelphia Flyers  Defenseman
NUMBER: 22 BIRTHDATE: November 2, 1989  (AGE 24)
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
WEIGHT: 229 DRAFTED: TOR / 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (5th overall)    Prospect Bio
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> The strapping 19-year-old from Saskatoon might not put up eye-popping stats, but as a stay-at-home defenseman who loves to hit, he brings fans out of their seats with his physical play and earns raves from coaches for his on-ice maturity. <br /> <br /> Chosen fifth overall in the 2008 Entry Draft, Schenn didn't know whether he'd spend this season with the Leafs or head back to the WHL for a fourth season with Kelowna and a chance to repeat as a World Junior Champion with Canada. With his hard-nosed play right from his first NHL shift four weeks shy of his 19th birthday, Schenn earned the right to stay with Toronto while reminding people that his nickname in junior hockey was &quot;The Human Eraser.&quot; <br /> <br /> Hardly a bit player who is being eased into life in the NHL, Schenn averaged 21:05 of ice time per game though the season's midway point. That was third on the Leafs behind defensemen Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina. <br /> <br /> Schenn honed his slap shot and probably had a little physicality rub off on him when he and his brother, Brayden, spent hours at their family's cottage in northern Saskatchewan shooting at the driveway net of neighbor and then-Maple Leaf Wade Belak. &quot;(Brayden and I) were just kids then,&quot; Luke Schenn said. &quot;(Belak) was with Toronto at the time and he allowed us to use the net. I didn't even think he knew who I was back then. I was really young.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On jumping in front of teammate Matt Stajan to fight Ottawa's Chris Neil: &quot;(Stajan) is a great guy and he's taken me under his wing a little bit ... it's just helping a teammate out.&quot; <br /> <br /> On facing Devils rookie Matt Halischuk, who scored the winning goal for Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championships: &quot;I send him a text every once in a while and say 'Thanks for the gold medal, buddy.'&quot; <br /> <br /> On making the jump from juniors to the NHL: &quot;Here, it's different than playing against 16- and 17-year-old kids. Here, I'm playing against men. Everyone is bigger, stronger and quicker. If you adjust to that, it's going to help you become a better player.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Nashville defenseman Shea Weber upon first meeting Schenn in 2005: &quot;The first thing I thought when I saw this 15-year-old kid was: 'Man, he's big!' &quot; <br /> <br /> Leafs center Matt Stajan on Schenn jumping in to defend him: &quot;I've been going to dinners with him. I've been driving him to some practices. He must like me ... He's been there for me every time I get hit. I was looking over my shoulder and I saw it was (Ottawa's Chris) Neil. That shows a lot about (Schenn). He doesn't care. He's a tough kid. I'd return the favor if anybody was able to knock him over, but he's a pretty big boy.&quot; <br /> <br /> Former Toronto General Manager Cliff Fletcher: &quot;His presence on the ice and his maturity are far beyond his years. He adapted to tough situations well and he passed every test.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=389869">It's no joke, Schenn belongs with Leafs</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=18334">2008 Entry Draft Profile</a><br /> <a href="http://mapleleafs.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=29393">LeafsTV: Street Buds Program</a><br /> <a href="http://mapleleafs.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=24347">LeafsTV: Schenn Highlights</a><br /> <br />
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Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals