Canucks’ Head Coach – Travis Green's Comments
February 25, 2019
Schenn gets in the groove
The coach certainly took notice.
“Impressive. I haven’t seen him a lot and I thought he was simple, solid and moved the puck well and closed on guys hard and was good around our net,” Green said of Schenn, who was pressed into duty with the Gudbranson trade and responded with three shots, six attempts and four hits.
“He’s been around a while and hungry to play. We had a good talk this morning about his role and to be patient and he was on board.”
March 27, 2019
Canucks defenceman Hughes 'feeling good,' expected to make NHL debut Thursday
The set up simply made sense, the coach said, explaining that he likes his other defensive pairings and wants the left-handed Hughes playing with a righty.
Schenn may also have some wisdom to share, Green added.
“I think he’ll be a good guy to talk to on the bench. I think just calming nerves. He’s not going to model his game after Schenner, they’re opposites,” he said. “But he’ll be able to give him some good advice.”
A former fifth-overall Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, Schenn knows what’s it’s like to be a young defenceman surrounded by big expectations.
He jumped straight to the NHL in 2008, with his debut coming on opening night in Detroit — the same night the Red Wings were hoisting their Stanley Cup banner.
“I think my first shift was against (Chris) Osgood, (Brian) Rafalski, (Nicklas) Lidstrom, (Pavel) Datsyuk, (Henrik) Zetterberg and (Tomas) Holmstrom,” Schenn said. “So that was a bit of a ‘What am I doing out here?’ moment. And you try to hurry off to the bench as quick as you can when you see those guys.”
Every player remembers their first game and Hughes will be no different, the 29-year-old added.
“It’s a moment you’ve been dreaming of your entire life and you’ve just got to enjoy it, don’t over think it,” he said. “Obviously there’s going to be some nerves and butterflies, but he’ll be fine. He’ll settle right in. Obviously he’s a guy who plays with a ton of confidence so he’ll be great and I’m looking forward to it.”
Hughes grew up in Toronto and remembers watching an 18-year-old Schenn play for the Leafs.
“He definitely knows what he’s talking about,” Hughes said. “When you’ve got an experienced vet behind you like him, it’s pretty easy. I’m just going to follow his lead. I’m excited.”
March 27, 2019
The Schenn-o-Meter hits seven
Which brings us to Luke Schenn.
He was not only spinning out of trouble early in his own zone and putting outlet passes right on the tape; he had three hits in the early part of the first period. After a 12-hit outing Sunday, he added seven more Tuesday, and the 29-year-old UFA is becoming more than a roster option.
“I didn’t know what we were getting but, man, he’s a good example,” Green said following the morning skate. “He hasn’t played every night, but when he does, he’s looking to leave a mark and leave an impression. His compete level is very high and he’s going to do whatever he can to stay in the lineup and help the team.
“He has done a good job. I didn’t even know if he’d get into the lineup. And his game has steadily improved with more games because he hasn’t played much. And it’s his attitude and what he’s trying to bring to the table. You hope guys are taking notice.”
March 29, 2019
Canucks’ Schenn setting a strong example in latest NHL opportunity
"I didn’t know what we were getting, but, man, is he a good example," Green told reporters this week when asked about Schenn. "I didn’t even know if he’d get in the lineup. I think his game has steadily improved with the more games he has played. And it’s not so much just his play, either. It’s his attitude and what he’s trying to bring to the table that others guys should watch and learn. You hope that guys are taking notice."
"He’s a good example for young guys when they get in the lineup, to make sure you’re doing whatever you can to stay in the lineup," Green says. "Not only for this year but for next year.”
April 1, 2019
Canucks will explore contract extension for 'pleasant surprise' Luke Schenn
Veteran defenceman has been physical, intimidating and protective of younger players
The rejuvenated Luke Schenn is a good story.
The unrestricted free-agent defenceman is also a good bet to sign a short and reasonable contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks because he has added an intriguing element.
Schenn has been a steadying influence on the ice, on the bench and in the room. He has been a physical presence along the boards and in front of the net and a one-man protection agency for smaller and younger players.
For Quinn Hughes, he has been the big brother in a pleasing pairing and has allowed the roster to play without worrying about being run out of the rink. In the last four games, Schenn has 26 hits — including a dozen against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 24 — to go with 11 shot attempts and 10 blocked shots.
As for pairing with Hughes, the early directives soon disappeared as the kid got his game going.
“I wanted us to stay tight in the neutral zone off the rush and just work with each other,” said Schenn. “But the way he was moving and skating, I was just going to keep giving him the puck.”
Travis Green has an appreciation for Schenn’s professionalism.
“He deserves to play and our young guys can learn a lot because he understands the pressure of being a young defenceman in the league,” the Canucks coach said in reference to Schenn playing 70 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs as rookie in 2008-09 after being the fifth-overall selection in the 2008 draft.
“You can learn a lot from a guy like that by sticking up for each other and playing hard. And it’s not just that — he’s made some nice plays with the puck.”