Player evaluation: Schenn
This season: 1 game, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 penalty minutes, 12:31 ice time.
The good: Schenn got the call-up for a Nov. 26 game at Vancouver, in part because he was playing in a tournament in nearby Victoria, and even though Schenn didn’t really get to practice with the Kings, he certainly didn’t embarrass himself in his first NHL game. Schenn returned to Brandon of the WHL and completed a fine season in which he totaled 34 goals and 65 assists in 59 games.
The bad: There’s really no “bad” about Schenn at this point. He certainly projects as an NHL player. The only question is, can he eventually rise to the level of a second-line center and give the Kings a great one-two punch with Kopitar and Schenn?
Going forward: It should be a very interesting training camp for Schenn. Given that he carries a salary-cap hit of just over $3 million (thanks to potential bonuses), the Kings might need Schenn to show that he can contribute in more than a fourth-line role, for instance. If he’s ready for a more substantial role, though, they’re going to have a very difficult time sending him back to junior.