Brayden Schenn had quite a 12-hour period, give or take an hour or two. Last night, he was in Victoria playing a team of Russian junior players. This morning, he was at GM Place, practicing with the Kings in preparation for his NHL debut. Schenn, 18, got a taste of NHL hockey when he scored two goals in five preseason games a couple months back. Here’s what Schenn said this morning about his whirlwind day…
Question: You had some good timing, being in the area already…
SCHENN: “It worked out well. I played against the Russians last night in Victoria, and then I talked to my agent last night. He got the call and told me, so I was pretty excited and I’m looking forward to tonight.”
Question: Is it pretty much just a matter of keeping it simple tonight, in terms of your game?
SCHENN: “Obviously I played few games at the start of the year, exhibitions, and obviously the pace is a lot different than what I play in junior. Just keep it simple and play my game.”
Question: This must have happened very fast for you. When did you first hear that you were coming up?
SCHENN: “Last night after the game, I was kind of visiting with some people and my agent told me that there was a possibility of me going to Vancouver and playing with the Kings. I was pretty excited. I got the word this morning, and I’m just going to have fun with it. It’s a great experience and a good opportunity.”
Question: If you sign an entry-level contract, you might be around longer. Are you thinking about that at all?
SCHENN: “I’m not really thinking about that right now. This is going to be my first NHL game, so I’m not really worried about that. I’m just focusing on the game and I’m going to be excited and ready to have fun.”
Question: It’s probably better that you don’t have a lot of time to think about this game, right?
SCHENN: “Yeah, exactly. I woke us this morning and I still didn’t know if I was coming here or not. It’s a short amount of time, but it should be good.”
Question: What did you get out of the training-camp experience? Did it end with any disappointment?
SCHENN: “It was a great experience. There was a little disappointment, but you look at the centermen and the forwards they have here, and I’m still young and still have some years to try to crack the roster. Right now, it’s just one game and I’m going to enjoy tonight and have fun.”