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2009 NHL Draft: Brayden Schenn

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2009 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the first round (#14 overall)?

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2009 NHL Entry Draft Site

Up Close With Brayden Schenn (Video)
  Brayden Schenn

The Lowdown:
   6-0, 198
   DOB: 8-22-91 – Saskatoon
   Brandon (Western Hockey League)
   Final rank: 4. Midterm rank: 5 (NA-S)

The Shinny:
The name sound familiar? Brayden is the younger brother of Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn. The two are 23 months apart. Luke was the fifth overall pick in last year’s Entry Draft.

For the second consecutive season, Schenn led his team in scoring (7th in the WHL) with 88 points (32 goals) in 70 games. Won two gold medals representing Team Canada, first at the Under-18 World Championships and then as an assistant captain at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament. Was awarded in January the H.L. (Krug) Crawford Memorial Medal for his athletic achievement in western Manitoba. The award, presented since 1958, has been earned by 16 former Brandon Wheat Kings, including Jordin Tootoo, Ray Ferarro, Glen Hanlon and former Panthers goalie Trevor Kidd.

NHL Central Scouting’s E.J. McGuire: “Brayden is of the power forward ilk. He has learned a little about the NHL from his older brother Luke Schenn and he knows how to go to the net. He is a threat to score at all times on the ice and dishes the puck very effectively to his linemates in getting the amount of assists that he does. He takes the puck to the net with the kind of authority that a Jonathan Cheechoo does, yet his puck dishing capacities that maybe a Joe Thornton does.”

Brandon head coach Kelly McCrimmon: “Brayden is a very complete player. He is a leader, strong physically, competitive, with a very high skill level. He has great vision and a great release on passes and shots.”

Brayden on Luke: “It’s a little bit of an advantage for me, him going through the same things I’m going through now. He’s always giving me tips. When we were younger, we always competed against each other, pushed each other, made each other better. When he comes back home we work out together. We play three-on-three summer hockey together. We spend a lot of time together. We like to hang out.”

Luke on Brayden: “We play two different positions, he’s a forward and more of a goal scorer; he leads the way for points. We’re really close. I always keep in touch with him and like to know what’s going on with him in Brandon.”

Did You Know: Schenn wears No. 10 after his childhood hockey hero and former Panther great, Pavel Bure.

His Favorites
   NHL Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
   NHL Player: Sidney Crosby
   Shootout move: "Fake shot to one hand"
   Goal celebration: "One knee windmill into a fist pump"
   Video game: NHL '09
   Movie: Step Brothers
   TV show: Hockey Night in Canada
   Actor: Will Farrell
   Group: Nickelback
   Pump up song: The remix of ACDC's "Thunderstruck"
   Home cooked meal: Steak
   Sport (other than hockey): Golf
   Activity away from the rink: Xbox
   Place to visit: Mexico

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