Brayden Schenn: LA Kings’ Second-Line Center?

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As the 2009-10 season wore on for the Los Angeles Kings, what became rather apparent was that they had a hole in their lineup at second-line center.

Although Jarret Stoll and Michal Handzus have tried to fill that spot the last few seasons, both are far more suited to third-line center duty. Handzus, with his size, strength and strong defensive play is also effective on the fourth line.

Once the Kings qualified for the playoffs this past season, that hole in the lineup became a crater and was a major factor in the lack of production from their top two lines.

But help just might be on the way with center prospect Brayden Schenn expected to make a strong push to make the Kings’ 2010-11 opening night roster. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Sign Center Prospect Brayden Schenn

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On March 4, the Los Angeles Kings signed center Brayden Schenn to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Schenn, 18, has scored 29 goals and has tallied 56 assists for 85 points with a +31 plus/minus rating and six power play goals in 54 games this season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League. He leads the Wheat Kings in scoring and assists, and he ranks third on the team in goals.

The 6-1, 192-pound center, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the captain of the Wheat Kings, was selected by the Kings in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, made his NHL debut in Vancouver on November 26 after signing a One-Day NHL Regular Season Amateur Tryout Agreement. Read more of this post

LA Kings: Brayden Schenn Becomes A King For A Day; Loktionov Goes On Injured Reserve

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On November 26, the Los Angeles Kings signed center Brayden Schenn to a one-day, National Hockey League Regular Season Amateur Tryout Agreement. They also placed center Andrei Loktionov on injured reserve.

Loktionov, 19, suffered a dislocated shoulder during his NHL debut at Edmonton on November 25. Read more of this post

LA Kings Make Final 2009-10 Training Camp Cuts

EL SEGUNDO, CA — On September 28, the Los Angeles Kings made their final training camp roster cuts. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings: Getting Physical At Development Camp

Brayden Schenn. Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings/National Hockey League.

Brayden Schenn
Photo courtesy Los Angeles Kings/National Hockey League.

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The Los Angeles Kings 2009 Development Camp for their young prospects, which ended on July 12, was rather different from camps held in previous years for several reasons.

One was the fact that only three days of the week-long camp were open to the public and the media to allow the young players to better focus on the task at hand.

But another more striking reason was that compared to previous camps, there seemed to be a greater intensity during both the scrimmages and the practice sessions and much of that may have been due to the fact that the Kings have brought in a number of prospects who not only are capable of playing a physical brand of hockey, but their toughness and fierce, competitive nature extends into their psyche as well, something that has been somewhat lacking throughout the Kings’ system.

One such player is their first round pick (fifth overall) in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Brayden Schenn, a wet-behind-the-ears seventeen-year-old center from Read more of this post

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