Canucks’ Roster – Player’s Comments
Updated: Jun 10, 2019
February 25, 2019
Teammates certainly took notice.
Added Markstrom: “You know what you’re going to get. No nerves. He played easy and he played hard and made my life easier. He was vocal, too, and that helped the other guys.”
March 27, 2019
Schenn and Hughes no strangers to sharing NHL debuts
When Quinn Hughes first arrived in Vancouver just over two weeks ago, it wasn’t the first time Luke Schenn had seen the diminutive blue-liner.
“You’d laugh about it if you knew you’d be D partners down the road,” Schenn said.
Hughes, for his part, remembers Schenn’s debut.
“It’s pretty surreal,” he said of realizing that the guy he got to watch make his debut will be next to him for his own start.
“Luke was so good (as a rookie).”
“He talks about plays; he’s already mentioned to me that he talks a lot on the ice,” Hughes said about his conversations with the 29-year-old Schenn so far. “I think comms (communication) is big. It’s something I’m always trying to work on.”
Hughes isn’t the first young defenceman the well-travelled Schenn has played mentor to, either. In Philadelphia, he partnered with Shayne Gostisbehere for the first few games of Gostisbehere’s career. In Arizona, he played alongside Jacob Chychrun during that player’s rookie season.
Chychrun, he discovered, had travelled when he was 10 years old with his father to Ottawa to take in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, where the Leafs picked Schenn fifth overall. That gave Schenn pause for thought.
“I don’t even feel that old, but man, oh man, guys are just getting younger and I guess I’m getting up there in years,” he said, smiling, before sharing a lesson.
“You’ve got to be nice to the seven-, eight-, nine-year-olds because one day they could be your D partners!
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.”
April 1, 2019
Vancouver Canucks: Luke Schenn deserves a new contract
Luke Schenn has shined in a shutdown defenceman/enforcer role for the Vancouver Canucks, and he deserves to be rewarded for his efforts.
Schenn has thrown his weight around and has been the intimidating force on defence that the Canucks have lacked for a few years now. In 15 games with the Canucks, Schenn has 71 hits and 23 blocked shots.
And of course, nobody will forget Schenn coming into the defence of blueliner Quinn Hughes in the latter’s made his debut against the Los Angeles Kings last Thursday.
“That was awesome. It was my dream to play in the NHL, so this is surreal. I gotta give credit to Schenn, he was a huge help for me. Having #Canucks fans support me like that was special. I’m really happy to be here.” – Hughes
You take all of this into account, and it leaves Benning with an easy choice to re-sign Schenn on a cheap one or two-year deal. In fact, Benning said the team would “look into” an extension for Schenn, per Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province.
Schenn has performed well above expectations in Vancouver. He’s the physical force they need on the blue line, and Schenn is doing everything he can to ensure that Hughes’ transition to the NHL is a smooth one.
Re-signing Edler and Schenn — while Hughes continues to develop his game — could make this Vancouver blue line much more formidable next season. With that, giving Schenn a new contract should be at the top of the Canucks’ offseason to-do list.
April 8, 2019
Luke Schenn finds a home with Vancouver Canucks
This season, the 29-year-old found a new home with the Vancouver Canucks — and a chance to prove his worth as an NHL defenceman.
"I'm very grateful and thankful for the opportunity. I didn't know if it was going to come," Schenn said last week. "I was working towards it all year, went down to the minors hoping to improve on some things. ... It's been so far a good fit and I'm just trying to play hard and compete until the end. We'll see what happens."
Schenn also played a role in mentoring one of the franchise's most highly anticipated defensive prospects, Quinn Hughes. Head coach Travis Green put the pair together for the 19-year-olds first five NHL games.
Skating alongside the veteran was "really cool," Hughes said.
"I remember watching him when he was drafted to the Leafs and then his rookie season and everything like that," he said.
"He was unbelievable with me. He made me feel more confident, just his presence. He's played like (734) games or whatever it is. So many. He just talks a lot on the ice and makes it easy for you. ... He definitely helped my adjustment for sure and I had a lot of fun."
The pairing was a special experience for Schenn, too, who said the young defenceman was "awesome."
"He's so skilled with the puck, great skater, can jump in the play and has poise and makes a lot of plays obviously that not a ton of defencemen can," he said. "When you're drafting guys like him and (forwards Elias) Pettersson and (Brock) Boeser, it's pretty impressive that these are the guys coming through your system. So the future in Vancouver is very bright."
It's also a future that Schenn wants to be a part of. He's an unrestricted free agent come July 1, but wants to stay in Vancouver.