November 30, 2010
Cancel the printing of Free Brayden Schenn shirts? Exactly one month to the day since he last laced 'em up for the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, there might — finally! — be some certainty with the centre's status.
From Rich Hammond:
"It's expected that the Kings will make a decision on Schenn’s short-term future before Thursday’s game, meaning that they will make the call as to whether to keep him or return him to junior. (It's possible that Schenn’s short-term future might also include playing in next month’s World Juniors.) Schenn completed his AHL conditioning assignment over the weekend and had four goals, three assists and a plus-3 rating in seven games." (L.A. Kings Insider)
Never say never, but there's every logical reason it would happen.
"It certainly looks like all the stars and planets are lining up so that we'll see the Los Angeles Kings free up Brayden Schenn for the World Junior Championship. He's not playing for them, his AHL stint has expired and so it makes sense for the NHL team to loan him to Hockey Canada. It would also be good for Schenn as opposed to sitting in the press box in L.A. but no decision has been made it seems.
"Adding Schenn to the team would obviously further address the perceived scoring concerns (99 points last year with Brandon) and also inject experience to the roster. (Coming Down The Pipe!)
All told, 17 teenagers eligible for the world junior are playing in the NHL and AHL, including eight Canadians. Meantime, if Schenn can play, it means the Kings are better-represented at Canada's final selection camp. Western Hockey League scoring leader Linden Vey should make the squad, but 2010 second-rounder Tyler Toffoli, who leads the Ontario league in goals, was left out.
That surprised some reporters in Ottawa, where Toffoli plays for the 67's.
"[Team Canada coach Dave] Cameron and his scouts have said they are looking for a 'blue collar' roster with so many eligible scorers committed to their NHL teams — including Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall — but you can never have enough goal scorers, especially in a short tourney like the WJC.
"Toffoli is a proven scorer, and he’s been on fire all year. Anyone who has seen Toffoli play this year would have thought he’d be a surefire invitee. (The Barber Shop)
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