The Kings have announced that Brayden Schenn, last year’s first-round pick (fifth overall) has signed a three-year entry-level contract. It’s a standard contract, one that the Kings had been working on for the past couple weeks, but it doesn’t mean that Schenn will be with the Kings any time soon. His junior team, the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), is hosting the Memorial Cup, which runs May 14-23.
Schenn, Brandon’s captain, leads the team in points (85) and assists (56) and is tied for third on the team with 29 goals. He has a plus-31 rating. Schenn’s 85 points rank seventh overall in the WHL.
It will be interesting to see how the Kings handle Schenn next season. His one-game stint with the Kings this season — the game at Vancouver — showed that Schenn isn’t too far from the NHL, talent-wise. The problem is that if he makes the NHL roster, his salary will be more than $3 million, since teams have to include potential bonus money in players’ cap figures. Unless Schenn is going to play a high-profile role immediately, he might end up staying in junior. [corrected, since this is only Schenn’s third junior season] Should be interesting to watch.
Click below for Heidi Androl’s video interview with Dean Lombardi on the Schenn signing…