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Kings assign Brayden Schenn to Manchester

Schenn The Kings have sent top prospect Brayden Schenn to the Manchester Monarchs, L.A.'s affiliate in the American Hockey League, instead of bringing him up for the NHL playoffs. 

General Manager Dean Lombardi had said a few days ago that he was undecided about whether to recall the 19-year-old center once his team was eliminated from the Western Hockey League playoffs. Now that the Saskatoon Blades season is over, Schenn is off to Manchester, N.H.

In 27 WHL regular-season games, he had 21 goals and 53 points and was a plus-18 in the plus/minus category.

As The Times' Helene Elliott reported a few days ago, Lombardi had been leaning against bringing Schenn up as the Kings take on the San Jose Sharks because the Stanley Cup playoffs would be simply too much pressure.

"With your top player, and he was told this when he left, I think part of their development, particularly when they go back to a league where they should be a dominant player, is to go deep and win," Lombardi told her. "If you’re that good, as he is and as he should be, you might as well learn to take winning on your shoulders now."

Elliott will have more later.

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-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Brayden Schenn, seen here when he was with the Kings in October to start the season. He was later sent down to rejoin his juniors team. Credit: Harry How / Getty Images

 
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