Kings: Brayden Schenn headed back to junior team

It took two months of the regular season for the Kings to make a decision on 19-year-old rookie center Brayden Schenn, but they’ve finally decided to release him to his junior team. He won’t be eligible for a recall until his junior season ends with the Brandon Wheat Kings, which will be late March at the earliest.

Schenn, the fifth overall pick in the 2009 entry-level draft, appeared in eight games for the Kings, but none since Oct. 30. He tallied two assists. Schenn said he was disappointed with the decision, but knows where he needs to improve to stick with the club next season.

"I think I’ve gotten better since Oct. 30," he said. "It would have been nice to get another chance, but I’ll just have to wait until next year. Another year of junior, obviously it’s disappointing, but I guess in the long run it will never hurt."

Kings coach Terry Murray has consistently said Schenn needs to improve his play in the defensive zone. His offensive abilities are already at the NHL level.

"That’s something that Brayden Schenn should not even worry about, the offensive part of it," Murray said. "That’s ingrained. He has it. He has great skill."

With his departure from the Kings, Schenn will be eligible to compete for Canada at the World Junior Championships next month in Buffalo, N.Y.

"He will probably go to the World Juniors and have a great experience, a wonderful experience for him, and be an impact player and an important player for Canada," Murray said.