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.
Schenn played in seventy regular season games in the 2008-09 season, scoring 32 goals and adding 56 assists for 88 points, ranking him seventh in the WHL in overall scoring. His 32 goals tied him for second on his team and 23rd in the WHL in goals.
Schenn earned a +20 plus/minus rating and was named WHL and Canadian Hockey League Player of the Week in January after scoring a goal and adding six assists for seven points in two games. He was also awarded the H.L. (Krug) Crawford Memorial Medal for his athletic achievement in western Manitoba.
In twelve playoff games, Schenn scored eight goals with ten assists for 18 points with twelve penalty minutes, helping lead the Wheat Kings to the WHL Eastern Conference finals (Brandon was eliminated by the Calgary Hitmen).
In 2007-08, Schenn, led the Wheat Kings with 28 goals and 43 assists for 71 points in 66 regular season games en route to being named the WHL Rookie of the Year. His 71 points ranked first among all WHL rookies, while he was second among league freshman in goals and assists. He was the first 16-year-old since 1971 to lead Brandon in scoring.
In international play, Schenn won a silver medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships, along with teammates and fellow Kings prospects Colten Teubert, Brandon Kozun and Martin Jones. He has also won two gold medals representing Team Canada in 2008, first at the 2008 Under-18 World Championships and the second as an alternate captain at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Schenn won a bronze medal for Canada West at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and has been invited to Canada’s 2009 World Junior selection camp in December.
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