Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Luke Schenn's Hit Parade

Luke Schenn's Hit Parade

Luke Schenn's Hit Parade

Not only did new Flyer Luke Schenn lead all NHL defensemen in hits last season, he has done so in each of the last two seasons. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Not only did new Flyer Luke Schenn lead all NHL defensemen in hits last season, he has done so in each of the last two seasons. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

We’re guessing that new Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn — brother of Flyers center Brayden Schenn — will become a fan favorite within minutes of the first shift he takes on the Wells Fargo Center ice.

Not only did he lead all NHL defensemen in hits last season, he has done so in each of the last two seasons. He is the only player to lead defensemen in that category twice in the seven years the league has been tracking it.

Schenn, who is entering his fifth season after four years with the Toronto Maple Leafs, averaged a hit every seven minutes or so over his first three seasons. He jacked that up last year, clanging an opponent once for every 4:41 of his on-ice time.

Here are his year-by-year numbers for playing time, hits and blocked shots:

 2008-09    70  1507:23   21:32   206   7;19  119
 2009-10  79  1333:18  16:52  173  7:42  116
 2010-11  82  1834:17  22:22  251  7:18  168
 2011-12  79  1266:47  16:02  270  4:41  115
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