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Kings prospect Brayden Schenn traded to new junior team

January 10, 2011 |  1:19 pm

Schenn_200 As expected, Kings prospect Brayden Schenn was traded Monday by his junior team, Brandon of the Western Hockey League, to Saskatoon of the WHL.

The deal was complicated but anticipated because Brandon is having a bad season and must rebuild, and because the Kings want Schenn — the fifth overall pick in the 2009 entry draft — to play with a strong team on the theory that it would help his maturation and development.

The 19-year-old center started the season with the Kings but appeared in only eight games and lost his place in the lineup when Coach Terry Murray questioned his defensive play. He was sent to the American Hockey League for a conditioning stint before being returned to Brandon.

He’s still recovering from the separated shoulder he sustained during the world junior championships, where he led all scorers with 18 points in seven games and was named the tournament’s top forward and most valuable player.

The trade does not affect Schenn’s status with the Kings -- he’s still their property. However, he can’t rejoin them this season until his junior team’s season ends, and Saskatoon could go far in the playoffs.

-- Helene Elliott

Photo: Brayden Schenn. Credit: Matt Kartozian / US Presswire

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