|After a solid camp, Schenn has started well back in juniors.
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This week we are highlighting center Brayden Schenn, the Kings No. 1 draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Taken as the fifth overall pick, Schenn currently plays for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL and has gotten off to a fast start, tallying three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in eight games. Schenn also has a plus/minus rating of +6.
Nelson Emerson, the Los Angeles Kings Director of Player Development, has not had a chance to see Schenn play in a live game yet this season, but will get the opportunity to next week.
"Obviously he stayed a long time here at our camp and played great and had a real good training camp here with us," Emerson said. "It seems like he's gone back there and there's a lot expected of that team and him this year. He's kind of gotten off to a pretty good start and I'm sure he's going to want to continue that."
Schenn's 10 assists leads the team, and his 13 points are tied for tops on the team.
This season is Schenn's third season with the Wheat Kings. Last season, Schenn scored 32 goals and notched 56 assists for 88 points in 70 games.
In his first training camp with the Kings Schenn played admirably, playing with the pro team throughout the summer before being sent back to the Wheat Kings on Sept. 28. In five games in the preseason Schenn scored two goals, both of which came in a game against the Anaheim Ducks, a 4-1 win for the Kings.
Schenn spent a lot of time during the summer playing on a line with Brandon Kozun (Calgary Hitmen) and Kyle Clifford (Barrie Colts), a line that exhibited a lot of chemistry.
"They all like playing together I think because there all coming from the same league," Emerson said. "I think they kind of had a little familiarity with each other and I think that really helped them because you could see it in their game."
Emerson said that Schenn's all-around game is impressive, noting his play in the defensive zone, his ability to make plays offensively, and his high-end positional play as the top strengths he possesses.
"I think just growing and getting used to the pro game is going to be his biggest factor," Emerson said.
Currently the Wheat Kings 6-5-1, sitting in third place in the East Division of the WHL with 13 points.
"Everyone's real excited about him around here," Emerson said. "We expect him to have a great future as a Los Angeles King. His potential can be as high as he wants to see it go. I don't think there's anything holding him back."