New destinations for longtime pals Schenn, Glennie

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

MONTREAL -- After going in the same direction for years as linemates with the Brandon Wheat Kings, Braydon Schenn and Scott Glennie, for a moment, were going in opposite directions at the Bell Centre last night.

They shook hands as they crossed paths in front of the stage at the Bell Centre at the NHL draft, celebrating their starring roles on the biggest night of their young careers.

Schenn was already wearing the sweater of the Kings, who had made the centre the fifth pick overall -- equalling his brother's Luke's selection by the Maple Leafs last summer -- and Glennie was on his way up onto the stage to slip into the Stars sweater being held for him.

The Stars made Glennie the eighth pick overall, a slightly early selection after settling in as the seventh skater in North America as ranked by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau.

"It's really exciting and it's been a long day, but there's no better feeling than hearing your name called," said Schenn. "I'm happy to be part of an organization that's going in the right direction. I'm happy to be a Los Angeles King."

There had been some speculation the Maple Leafs would move up from the No. 7 position to take a shot at getting Schenn to unite him with his brother, who had a strong rookie season after making the jump to the NHL right out of junior.

Schenn said he allowed himself to think about the possibility of joining the Leafs and playing with his brother. "When you looked at where I was rated and where the Leafs were picking ... there was a possibility of a trade. But that's over with now. I'm glad to be a piece of the puzzle with the Kings."

He said it was a proud day for the Schenn clan.

"It's a great for the family. We both worked hard for it," said Schenn. "I'm proud of Luke and I'm sure he's proud of me."

Glennie was smiling from ear-to-ear as he posed in front of a Stars backdrop in his new sweater.

"It's a great feeling for us," he said of the moment when he and Schenn met on the draft floor in front of the stage. "I couldn't be happier to see him go to the Kings and I'm sure he feels the same way about me."

CHRIS.STEVENSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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