Luke Schenn
Luke Schenn
29-Year-Old DefensemanD
Tampa Bay Lightning
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Luke Schenn in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Lightning in July of 2019.
Designated for waivers
DTampa Bay Lightning  Minors
September 30, 2019
Schenn was placed on waivers by Tampa Bay on Monday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Schenn was no doubt hoping to avoid time in the minors this season after logging 29 games in the AHL last year. Unfortunately, the 2008 fifth-overall pick couldn't secure a spot on the 23-man roster and appears destined for the minors again, barring a waiver claim. The blueliner's modest $700,00 salary and 734 games of NHL experience could get him a look from some of the league's other clubs.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Ducks needed a stabilizing presence in the defensive zone, so GM Bob Murray took the liberty of signing Schenn, a veteran journeyman, to a one-year deal worth $800,000 in July. Not since the 2012-13 season has the Canadian rearguard averaged more than 20 minutes per game, and he posted single-digit point totals with the Coyotes in each of the last two campaigns. While there's hardly any fantasy upside with the heavy hitter, seek him out after the draft or scoop him off the waiver wire in case he inexplicably finds an offensive groove.
Schenn is the classic example of a player whose "real-life" value is greater than it is in the virtual hockey landscape. Why? Well, the 27-year-old is a shutdown defenseman, first and foremost, and he loves packing a wallop, as evidenced by his dialing in a third-ranked 286 hits last season. Schenn's going on his 10th year in the league, yet he's never posted more than 22 points in a single campaign. Draft him in leagues where it's important to rack up a copious amount of hits, but otherwise, consider leaving him on the waiver wire.
Schenn agreed to a two-year deal with Arizona after washing out of Philadelphia and playing half a season with the Kings. The 6-foot-2 defenseman may fare better in the Western Conference, where his size can be more advantageous, but he’ll have to earn his minutes on a stacked Coyotes blue line. When everyone is healthy, the Coyotes may have to carry eight defensemen, and right now Schenn offers limited upside as a candidate for the third pairing whose primary value stems from the many checks he's willing to dish out.
There's not a lot of glamor in what the elder Schenn does -- there seldom is in his stay-at-home style. But what he lacks in scoring skill, he makes up for in physicality. Since entering the league, the former Leaf has been among the league leaders in hits and has been incredibly difficult to play against. Nonetheless, from a fantasy perspective, his value is limited. Unless your league counts hits, there are a number of defenseman available that will deliver more.
Luke Schenn ranked third in the league with 187 hits last season. The physical defenseman doesn't collect a whole bunch of points, but he's a valuable asset in leagues that score for hits.
The Flyers picked up the elder Schenn this off season from the Maple Leafs to add some depth on the blue line. He’s likely to see improvements from his last two 22-point seasons that produced a minus-7 and a minus-6 rating with the defensively challenged Leafs. With more firepower and a solid puck possession team in front of him, Schenn could see a career year with the Flyers in 2012-13. Remember his name in the later rounds of deeper drafts, especially those in keeper leagues.
Schenn's fantasy value is in the details. More of a shutdown guy, Schenn will never get the chance to show his underrated offensive talents. But he will do his job and get the puck out away from his goalie and out of his zone with punishing effectiveness. He's the perfect number four defender on a good hockey team whose solid, steady play delivers value in the more obscure fantasy categories of hits, blocked shots and TOI. Only a fool would draft him for anything more.
Schenn is already a top-four defender at the ripe old age of 19 and one of the few untouchables on the Toronto roster. He's maturing into a shutdown defender in the mold of Adam Foote and that may be valuable in some formats. But most single-year leagues shouldn't bother.
Some day, Schenn might be as good as Adam Foote was in his prime. But right now, he needs to spend another year in junior and then apprentice a year in the AHL to build the right foundation. We just hope the Leafs don’t rush him to the NHL and ruin him the way they did with so many other young defenders over the years.
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Links up with Bolts
DTampa Bay Lightning  Minors
July 1, 2019
Schenn signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with Tampa Bay on Monday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
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Likely headed to Tampa Bay
DVancouver Canucks  Minors
June 30, 2019
Schenn is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Lightning when free agency begins, Frank Seravalli of reports.
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Collects assist in win
DVancouver Canucks  Minors
March 29, 2019
Schenn picked up an assist during Thursday's victory over the Kings.
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Impersonates wrecking ball
DVancouver Canucks  Minors
March 24, 2019
Schenn delivered a career-high 12 hits in Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Blue Jackets.
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Records first point of 2018-19
DVancouver Canucks  Minors
March 7, 2019
Schenn drew an assist on Loui Eriksson's goal in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win against Toronto.
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