Pretty interesting way to make it to the NHL after being drafted 5th overall in the previous draft.The Kings have signed center Brayden Schenn to a one-game amateur tryout agreement. Schenn is at the arena in Vancouver right now and is expected to play for the Kings tonight.
Schenn, coincidentally enough, had been relatively close by, in Victoria, B.C., representing a team of top Canadian junior players in a “Super Series” against Russia. The ATO does not impact Schenn’s amateur status, and it’s possible that he might sign an entry-level contract and stay with the Kings for at least a few more games.
Schenn, the Kings’ first-round pick — No. 5 overall — in this June’s draft, was one of the final cuts in training camp. He struggled a bit upon his immediate return to his junior team — Brandon of the Western Hockey League — but now has 12 goals and 27 assists in 24 games.
Presumably, Schenn will play for the Kings tonight, but it’s not yet known with whom. If Jarret Stoll is out again, it’s probably a safe bet that Schenn will be centering the second line. Each of the top four picks in this year’s draft — John Tavares, Victor Hedman, Matt Duchene and Evander Kane — have already made their NHL debut.