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LAKings.com's Prospect of the Week: Schenn

by Andrew Howard / Los Angeles Kings
Kings prospect Brayden Schenn has been a leader for teh Wheat Kings.

On every team in any sport, there is one player who is constantly looked at to provide guidance, maturity and production.

There is a player that can be relied on to step up when the moment is the biggest and brightest and bring their team to victory.

In short, every team has a leader.

And the unquestioned leader of the Brandon Wheat Kings is Brayden Schenn.

"When the team needs something big to happen, they look to him and he's able to do it," Los Angeles Kings Director of Player Development, Nelson Emerson, said. "He's out there in all the key situations. He's the character for the club."

The 18-year old center iceman who was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round with the fifth overall pick had a tremendously productive regular season which he has turned into early playoff success.

In the first round of the WHL playoffs, the Wheat Kings swept the four-game series against the Swift Current Broncos, and in those four games, Schenn had five goals and four assists for nine points, as well as plus-minus rating of plus-5.

The immense productivity Schenn has had in four games in the playoffs is similar to the type of regular season it was for the young centerman.

In 59 games, Schenn totaled 99 points on 34 goals and 65 assists, as well as a plus-minus rating of plus-41.

Earlier this season, Schenn made his NHL debut with the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 26, 2009 in a road game against the Vancouver Canucks. Schenn logged 12:31 on the ice and did not take a shot in a 4-1 Kings loss.

"Well I think we all know the level that he's at and even though he is young on their team, he's already their leader," Emerson said. "He has to come out in the first series and show that he wants to make a statement, and I think that just shows his maturity at a young age."

Emerson added that being in Brandon, surrounded by great players, an excellent coaching staff, and a top-notch training facility, has benefited Schenn's development greatly.

"He wants to make sure he upholds his end of the bargain for them," Emerson said.

One way of doing that is to turn in performances under immense pressure like he has so far.

Next up for the Wheat Kings is a series against the Saskatoon Blades, who swept the Red Deer Rebels in four games.

"That was a big, important series win for them and its going to get tougher for them as they go," Emerson said.
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