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Getting a jump on the Kings' roster cuts

September 28, 2009 | 12:04 pm

The Kings aren't expected to announce their final roster cuts until this afternoon, but Brayden Schenn's junior team, the Brandon Wheat Kings, is already counting on him returning.

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The promising young center, the fifth choice in the June draft, had a fine training camp that ended with a strong effort Sunday, prompting Coach Terry Murray to praise him after the team's 5-4 exhibition loss to the Ducks.

"I made a comment to everybody in the office before I came out here on how well he played here [Sunday]. He steps into a situation where he hasn't been in the lineup a couple of days and he had a really hard workout [Saturday] because he was not scheduled to be in this game and he played so well," Murray said. "He's playing, again, the way he did in the first exhibition game, all the ingredients to show me that he's going to be a real important and good player in the National Hockey League."

A Kings spokesman said roster moves would probably be announced early this afternoon.

Incidentally, there are several ways to monitor Schenn's progress this season. In addition to his team's Web site, linked above, there's a site for the city of Brandon, Canada, that promises to keep track of him.

-- Helene Elliott

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