LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have five prospects – forwards Brayden Schenn and Brandon Kozun
, defensemen Colten Teubert and Nicolas Deslauriers
, and goaltender Martin Jones
– invited to attend selection camp for Canada’s National Junior Team, Hockey Canada and the Kings announced today. The five players are the most any NHL club will have at the camp, with only one other club (Edmonton – 3) slated to have more than two prospects attending.
The camp, which will feature 36 prospects, will be held December 12-16 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Once the team is named at the conclusion of the selection camp, Canada’s National Junior Team will play in three exhibition games before the start of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships, which begin on January 2.
Schenn, 18, was selected by the Kings in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He made his Kings/NHL debut on November 26 at Vancouver after he was signed to a One-Day NHL Regular Season Amateur Tryout Agreement. He has also played in 26 games this season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and he leads his club in points (41) and assists (28). He also ranks second in goals (13) on the club while recording a plus-14 rating and three power-play goals. Schenn’s 41 points are tied for fourth overall in the WHL while serving as a team captain.
The 6-1, 192-pound center is a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and has been a part of two gold medal winning Canadian teams at recent International events. Kozun, 19, was selected by the Kings in the sixth round (179th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 29 games this season with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL), and he leads his club in points (51), assists (38), plus-minus with a plus-11, points per game (1.76) and is tied for first in short-handed goals (one) while ranking tied for second in goals (13). Kozun’s 51 points and his 38 assists both rank first overall in the WHL while serving as a team captain.
The 5-8, 155-pound right wing is a native of Los Angeles.
Teubert, 19, was selected by the Kings in the first round (13th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 27 games this season with the Regina Pats (WHL) and he has 21 points (6-15=21) and 46 penalty minutes. On his club, his six goals rank first and his 21 points rank second among defensemen while serving as a team captain.
The 6-4, 194-pound defenseman is a native of White Rock, British Columbia. Last year, he was one of two Kings’ prospects (Thomas Hickey) to win a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Juniors as the Kings were the only NHL team to have two defensemen on Team Canada’s roster and one of four NHL teams with two players on the Canadian roster.
Deslauriers, 18, was selected by the Kings in the third round (84th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He has played in 30 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and has 20 points (5-15=20) and 50 penalty minutes. Of his five goals, three have been scored on the power play. On his club, he ranks third among defensemen in scoring, second overall in penalty minutes and tied for second overall in shots on goal (93). In the QMJHL, his 20 points are tied for 12th among league blue-liners.
The 6-0, 196-pound defenseman is a native of Lasalle, Quebec.
Jones, 19, was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on October 2, 2008. As a teammate of Kozun in Calgary, Jones has played in 17 games this season with the Hitmen, and has a 12-5-0 record, a 2.74 goals-against-average (GAA), a .901 save percentage and one shutout. His 2.74 GAA ranks eighth best in the WHL.
The 6-4, 185-pound goaltender is a native of North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Canada has medaled at eleven straight IIHF World Junior Championships including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.