Brayden the Magi-Schenn

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

CALGARY - Brayden Schenn has spent this season pulling on one jersey after another.

Jumping from one pressure cooker to the next.

With that kind of experience, the talented centre should be well equipped to handle what should be a lengthy — and pressure-filled — WHL playoff run in Saskatoon.

It had better be a prolonged post-season in the Bridge City.

The Blades gave up a massive chunk of their future to pry Schenn out of Brandon.

That puts added expectations on Schenn to perform.

“There was obviously a lot of prospects and draft picks — three years of them — the team gave up to acquire me,” said Schenn, who was brought in at the WHL trade deadline for two first-round bantam picks, a second-rounder, a first-round import pick and two prospects selected in the top two rounds last spring.

“So I feel a lot of pressure, but I have to go out and perform night-in and night-out and help the team win.”

It’s been a whirlwind season for the skilled 19-year-old junior.

The fifth-overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft played eight games with the Los Angeles Kings in October.

But after two weeks of inactivity, Schenn was sent to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs for two weeks, during which he picked up seven points in as many games.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was then re-assigned to his junior club in Brandon but played in just two games with the Wheat Kings before joining Team Canada’s world junior team.

He didn’t get the result he was looking for, as Canada settled for a second straight silver medal, but he did register 18 points, tying the Team Canada record for scoring in the annual tournament.

A shoulder injury kept him on the sidelines while he awaited his next destination, which just happened to be his home town of Saskatoon.

He put up eight points in his first five games — all victories — with his new squad, playing on a line with fellow world junior star Curtis Hamilton and Jake Trask.

“I played with Hamilton at the world juniors, and Trask is a right-winger who can score some goals,” Schenn said. “I’m having a lot of fun playing with them, so hopefully it continues.”

The Blades were a WHL-best 38-10-2 heading into Tuesday night, and Schenn said he’s healthy and excited about being able to contribute.

“My shoulder feels pretty good now,” Schenn said. “I’m not feeling too much pain anymore, so — knock on wood — hopefully, it stays that way.”

Schenn is intent on taking home a Canadian Hockey League championship — the Blades’ first in franchise history — after too many close calls.

He has two heart-breaking silvers from the world juniors. And last spring, his host Wheat Kings finished runner-up to the Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires.

“The Blades haven’t won a WHL championship before,” Schenn said. “So I hope we can make something out of this good team. But it’s never easy.

“Look at last year. We got (the) Calgary (Hitmen) in the playoffs, and we’d been playing pretty well against them. All of a sudden, it turned on us pretty quick.

“I’ve got to use that experience for what’s coming up.”

Finishing this hectic season on a high note is his only goal now.

“That’s what I’m looking to do in my home town.”

As reporters shuffle off wishing the affable superstar the best, he shows he hasn’t lost his sense of humour.

“Hey, I gotta win something …”

scott.fisher@sunmedia.ca


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