Schenn settles in with good game

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

KITCHENER -- The correct thing to do when you lose a game is to appear disappointed and frustrated.

But despite his team dropping a 7-5 contest to the Ottawa Senators at the three-team rookie tournament yesterday, Maple Leafs' first-round draft pick Luke Schenn looked much happier last night than he did following Toronto's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

"I felt better," said Schenn, who was selected fifth overall in this year's draft by the Leafs. "As the game went on (Saturday) I was a little bit nervous and just kind of getting adjusted to the speed, but I felt better (yesterday)."

Schenn had three assists, made some good rushes, some excellent clearing passes and used his body well.

"I thought Luke was head and shoulders above how he played (Saturday) night, when he had an average night," Leafs coach Dallas Eakins said.

"But last night, you knew when he was on the ice and he was comfortable and he made some good passes and jumped on the play."

Dave Morrison, the Maple Leafs' director of amateur scouting, said the main purpose of the tournament is to give drafted and signed players, such as Schenn, a chance to see what it's like to play at the next level and, hopefully, to uncover a hidden gem, if possible.

"That's why you bring in some tryout players. You're always hoping there might be something there," Morrison said. "And you always hope they're on your team, and not on the other team."

Morrison said there always are those players who show up at the rookie camp and defy expectations.

"You have to keep an open mind to everything. There are, every so often, hidden gems and players who really turn a course in some years -- in the course of one season to the next they just mature, a switch gets turned on and they decide they're going to be players," he said.


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