Schenn still in limbo
Brayden Schenn completed his second practice with the Kings since his AHL conditioning assignment ended. Based on his work with the penalty-kill unit in practice today, it looked as though Schenn might get the call for tomorrow’s game against Florida, but after practice, Terry Murray said Schenn would likely sit.
The Kings still have to make the final call on whether to keep Schenn or return him to his junior team. Either way, Schenn’s short-term future might also include a stop at the World Junior Championships this month. After practice today, Murray talked about why he’s handling Schenn the way he is…
MURRAY: “I don’t plan on putting Brayden in tomorrow. It’s always easier, maybe, given the way we started the first 15 games of the year. We were off to a great start, and you could put a young player in and there’s good momentum. You’re rolling, and things are happening. You’re trying to get it turned around right now, and you’re looking to veteran players and to put your best players on a line, or lines, together and let those guys make the difference in the game. So I don’t want to throw that responsibility on his shoulders right now. I don’t think it’s the right thing to do. The fact that he went down and played, and played well, in the American Hockey League, is a good thing. I know he had some success there, and played a lot of minutes. You can only do it for two weeks, so we have to make a decision on what we’re going to do.”