Best to come for Kings' Schenn

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

The list of accomplishments is growing so quickly that you hope Brayden Schenn is keeping a diary or a scrap book because the ride he's been on has been nothing short of a whirlwind tour.

Dating back to last June, when the Saskatoon product was chosen fifth overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Schenn has been to rookie camp and training camp with the Kings, attended a pair of world junior camps -- eventually making Team Canada -- played in the CHL's Canada/Russia series, signed a one-game amateur tryout and made his NHL debut with the Kings against the Vancouver Canucks, not to mention serving as a team leader and top performer with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.

Schenn had to settle for silver with Team Canada in Saskatoon this past January, but now he is leading the charge as the Wheat Kings are a perfect 6-0 in the playoffs heading into Wednesday's third game of a second-round matchup with the Saskatoon Blades.

"Getting a chance to represent your country was good. Obviously we didn't come out on top, but it was a great experience," Schenn said in a recent telephone interview from Brandon. "The best is still yet to come here. The league championship and Memorial Cup are two really big things."

Schenn, 18, has increased both his goal and point totals in each of his three seasons with the Wheat Kings -- going from 28 goals and 71 points as a rookie to 34 goals and 99 points in 2009-10.

Simply put, he just seems to be getting better and better all the time.

Schenn has carried his strong play into the post-season as he leads the Wheat Kings with six goals and 11 points in six games, which is two better than frequent linemate Matt Calvert.

"I've just tried to do the simple things, like moving my feet, trying to get a little bit quicker out there and play with more pace," said Schenn. "A lot of guys on our team are having great seasons and it's great to be part of that."

The Wheat Kings gave Schenn an additional week off after the world junior tournament and he rewarded them by coming back fresh and playing some of the best hockey of his career.

"The more rest you can get, the better. That always helps the legs out," said Schenn. "It's a long season, when you're playing eight or nine months of the year."

Having an opportunity to play his first NHL game at GM Place against the Canucks is something Schenn won't soon forget.

"LA had a few injuries and I had a chance to play on a line with Dustin Brown and Alexander Frolov," said Schenn, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Kings last month. "I just enjoyed every minute of that first game. It doesn't get much better."


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