Thursday, 2 December 2010

Schenn on Way Back to Brandon

According to Rich Hammond at, Brayden Schenn will be assigned back to the Wheat Kings tomorrow.

Here's what Hammond wrote just minutes ago...

The Kings are expected to announce — probably tomorrow — that Brayden Schenn will return his his junior team, Brandon of the WHL.

Schenn has appeared in eight games with the Kings but has not appeared in a game since Oct. 30. In between, he had a two-week conditioning stint in Manchester, but with Alexei Ponikarovsky on the verge of returning — not to mention the possibility of the Kings acquiring Marco Sturm — Schenn’s chances of sticking on the NHL roster were further diminished.

The news was apparently confirmed by a spokesperson for the team to Helene Elliott of the LA Times.

Schenn's return will obviously set the stage for him to play for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, and will also lead to plenty of speculation on whether Schenn will remain a Brandon Wheat King for the rest of this season.

Here's an opinion much different than those of the common folk and many others that follow junior hockey.

There's a belief at there that LA want Schenn to play for a WHL contender, with Portland and Saskatoon already being mentioned as possibly landing spots.

It's apparent, to me, that the Kings' belief is that Schenn isn't quite ready for the NHL, but would probably be better served by playing in the AHL.

If Schenn stays with the Wheat Kings, it's possible (probable) he could return to the Kings or head to Manchester of the AHL once Brandon's season ended, which is apparently what LA wants.

So, in escence, I'm saying the Kings might prefer Schenn to remain a Wheat Kings, and then could possibly have him play another 5-6 games in the AHL (plus playoffs) once Brandon's season ends if, in fact, that happens near the end of March / early April.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not sayin that's what's going to happen, but I'm looking at it from LA's standpoint.

Secondly, from Brandon's standpoint, I don't think we can underestimate the importance of making the playoffs.

I had a conversation with Portland GM/Coach Mike Johnston when the Winterhawks travelled through the Wheat City where he talked about how much last year's playoffs is helping Portland with their season so far.

I would think that would the favouring opinion for every GM and Coach in the WHL, including Kelly McCrimmon, that your team can learn and grow a lot in the playoffs, whether it's for the current year or for the future. In fact, I think part of the reason for Brandon's growth the last two seasons can be partly attributed to making the playoffs in Schenn's rookie season in 2007-08, when they lost in the first round to Lethbridge.

Thirdly, how much better does Schenn make the Wheat Kings? That's a question that would obviously be answered in the second half of the season, but does it turn them into a contender or even close to that?

Time will tell how this all plays out but, after all, this is just one man's opinion!!

1 comment:

BM said...

Word is he's already been deal to Moose Jaw pending official re-assignment.