December 29, 2010
Luke Schenn 'a proud big brother'
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Busting with pride at his little brother’s success with Team Canada, Luke Schenn sometimes wonders what life would have been like if he and Brayden would have been teammates with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It almost happened.
At least GM Brian Burke tried to make it happen, anyway.
Had the Maple Leafs suffered just one more loss during the 2008-09 season, they likely would have found themselves with the No. 5 pick in the ’09 entry draft, the very spot that Brayden Schenn was projected to go.
Burke, who made no secret of his desire to land the younger Schenn, attempted to deal up from the seventh spot to put himself into a position to take Brayden, but could never work out a trade.
The result: The Los Angeles Kings plucked Brayden fifth overall while the Leafs selected Nazem Kadri two picks later.
“There’s no question I think about that,” Luke said Wednesday. “You always look back.
“I think it came down to our final game of the (2008-09) regular season. I think Boyd Devereaux had a hat trick and we beat Ottawa. If we would have lost that game, we would have had the fifth pick. Instead we won and got the seventh. Just like that.
“We got a great player in Nazem Kadri. But it’s pretty cool thinking about your brother being in the NHL, just being a year and a half apart. You never know. Maybe we one day will be able to play together. We’re best friends and talk every day.”
While Kadri was sent down to the Marlies on Wednesday, Brayden and his Team Canada teammates were facing off against Norway in world junior action at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo.
Brayden’s five-point performance in a 7-2 victory over the Czech Republic on Tuesday was still the talk of the tournament.
“He left me a message (after the Czech game),” Luke said. “They have to hand in their cell phones at 10 o’clock. So by the time I got home from (a 4-3 loss to Carolina), I could only text him.
“I think everyone was wondering how he’d do. He was in L.A. for a couple of months and only played eight games. Even when he was in those games he was playing under 10 minutes.
“This is his fourth team already … The Kings, (AHL) Manchester, a few games in Brandon and now Team Canada. He’s pretty much lived in hotels since last summer because he trained in L.A., too. He’s been all over the map a little bit, so it’s good to see it’s paying off for him.
“I’m a proud big brother right now, I can tell you that.”