Trade takes Schenn out of spotlight

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

For now, Luke Schenn doesn't have to be everything and more.

The acquisition of Dion Phaneuf turns down the heat on Schenn, the Leafs' first-round pick in 2008, and there will be even less pressure when Mike Komisarek returns from a shoulder injury.

"They've brought in (Francois) Beauchemin, Komisarek and now Phaneuf (since the end of last season)," Schenn said.

"You don't want to take five years to develop, but at the same time it will be nice to learn off guys like that."

Schenn has bounced back recently after a difficult start to his sophomore season, and among Leafs defencemen, just him and Carl Gunnarsson are not below the ledger in the plus-minus department.

WON'T BE RUSHED

With a defence corps that is deep -- at least on paper -- he won't be rushed into situations for which he is unsuited. But slacking off, and not that he was before, is out of the question.

"For me to be able to earn my ice time, I am going to have to compete against those guys and it is only going to make me better," Schenn, 20, said.

"These are some big-time players who have been around and have played big minutes."

TERRY.KOSHAN@SUNMEDIA.CA


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