Schenn grateful to earn paycheck at NHL level

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To say it was a turbulent season for Luke Schenn would be an understatement.

The former Kelowna Rockets defenceman was playing in the minors before finally being traded to the Vancouver Canucks.

It was a tough pill to swallow for the 12 year veteran, who had to redefine his game.

"Fifteen or twenty years ago there were tons of stay at home, physical defenceman chipping the puck off the glass and taking care of things in front of the net. But now you need to find way of being more efficient moving the puck."

That included work both on the ice and in the video room with former NHL'er Adam Oates.

A large part of Schenn's summer has included celebrating a Stanley Cup victory with younger brother Brayden.

"I definitely want to get the chance - hopefully. I've never had the chance of getting out of the first round of the NHL playoffs. If you would have told me in January and February when I was in the minors that the first place team in the league, the Tampa Bay Lightning, would be calling me, it would be tough to believe. I am grateful for this opportunity", Schenn added.       

Schenn's contract is a one year deal worth $700,000.