|Brayden Schenn poses with team officials after being drafted by the Los Angles Kings at the 2009 NHL hockey entry draft Friday, June 26, 2009, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz) |
Following being selected with the Kings first pick, fifth overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, forward Brayden Schenn conducted by the Los Angeles media.
Question: Can you talk about being selected today by the Kings?
Brayden Schenn: I feel great. It feels great to be apart of an organization that is going forward. They are going in the right direction, which is the main thing, and they have some good young guys like Doughty and Hickey that are building blocks as well. I am happy to be a piece of the puzzle.
Question: Did you know who would select you?
Brayden Schenn: I had no idea. I had a lot of nerves. I was told nothing all day. That was the case pretty much all year, but I am happy to be apart of the L.A. organization.
Question: What did you talk to the Kings about during your interviews?
Brayden Schenn: Simple questions really. I think they try and get to know you as a person. I think that is their main goal really.
Question: Are you familiar with the way the Kings are developing?
Brayden Schenn: Yeah. I have watched Drew Doughty play, and obviously he is a great player, and Thomas Hickey is a guy I have played against along with Colten Teubert. Those are three guys I know pretty well. I pay close attention to all the teams in the NHL and I know of a lot of the players with L.A. I am happy to be with the organization.
Question: What do you bring to the Kings?
Brayden Schenn: A two-way game. I am a forward who has some grit and I see the ice pretty well. The main thing is that I play physical. I bring an all-around game.
Question: What do you know about Los Angeles?
Brayden Schenn: It is a big city obviously. I have never been there and I haven’t seen it.
Question: Did Dean say anything in particular to you as you walked up on the stage?
Brayden Schenn: I honestly don’t remember. This is such an exciting time and you don’t remember too much. I am pretty sure he said, ‘Congratulations, we are happy you are with us and you are with our organization.
Question: Where do you expect to play hockey next year?
Brayden Schenn: I am only going to first worry about having a good summer. I can’t get my hopes up too high. I want to come in with a good attitude and I want to come in good shape too.
Question: The Kings have a summer Development Camp. Do you see yourself taking part in that?
Brayden Schenn: Absolutely. I am getting ready for it and I am getting excited for it.
Question: What advice has your brother given you?
Brayden Schenn: To be ready for camp. That it is a big difference going from the junior ranks to the pro ranks. You also never know what they are going to throw at you, or what you should expect.
Question: Any disappointment not going to Toronto?
Brayden Schenn: It was no disappointment at all. I am happy to be with the LA organization. I am a King now so I can’t worry about the Toronto thing. That is behind me.