Schenn's seeing stars

ROB LONGLEY

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

Luke Schenn came into Maple Leafs training camp hoping and believing he could stick with the NHL club. With that accomplished, the season got even better for the impressive 19-year-old yesterday when he was named to the rookie team that will face a sophomore squad in the Youngstars Game at All-Star Weekend later this month in Montreal.

Schenn is the lone Leafs representative in the three-on-three game.

"It's going to be great to be a part of it, first participating with the rookies but also being around all the players in the main all-star Game that I've watched on TV all my life," Schenn said yesterday after learning of his selection.

"I'm looking forward to it. Being in Montreal with all the 100th Anniversary celebrations, it's going to be a fun weekend."

Schenn, who missed a dozen games with a knee injury recenlty, will make his third consecutive start tonight against the Flyers and said he is comfortably getting back into the groove.

"It took me a couple of shifts against Florida (on Jan. 6) to get my wind, but after that everything was fine," Schenn said. "The knee feels good. The coaches want me to play physical so I wasn't going to go back in there until I felt 100%."

FLYIN' HIGH

After an 0-3-3 start, the Flyers have soared to the top of the Atlantic Division where they sit a point in front of the New York Rangers.

"The first half (of the season) was good, we obviously like the position we're in," Flyers captain Mike Richards said of his team's 22-10-9 record. "We're getting better."

The Flyers have had their success despite the absence of one of the team's top offensive threats, Danny Briere, who has played in just nine games because of a nagging groin injury. Briere is nearing a return to the lineup but it won't be for tonight's game against the Leafs.

LOOSE LEAFS

Leafs defenceman Ian White was moved up to forward at yesterday's practice. Coach Ron Wilson said not to expect that to continue tonight because the Leafs will likely be without defenceman Jeff Finger (upper body injury) meaning White will be back on defence.


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