Future Considerations

Gibson de-committs to Michigan
July 27, 2011, 8:57 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

For the second time in as many years, the University of Michigan has lost a premier netminder.

A season after losing Jack Campbell to the Windsor Spitfires, Michigan has lost Anaheim Ducks prospect John Gibson.

The six-foot-three, 205-pound goaltender selected 39th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft will join the Kitchener Rangers.

“John Gibson has decided not to attend the University of Michigan or to play college hockey,” Michigan head coach Red Berenson said in a school press release.

A member of the United States National Team Development Program, Gibson went 9-4-3 with a 2.38 goals against average and .926 save percentage in USHL action. Internationally, Gibson helped Team USA to gold at the 2011 World U-18 Championship, earning the directorate award as the tournament’s top goaltender. Continue reading

Suitcase Schenn could be leaving for Los Angeles
April 14, 2011, 1:00 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

His WHL season, and likely career, is over.

But if there’s one thing Brayden Schenn has learned this year, it’s that there’s always another team to play for.

Starting the season with the Los Angeles Kings, Schenn has bounced to the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs and used the World Junior Championship to split time between the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings and Saskatoon Blades.

Has he come full circle?

With the Blades being bounced in an abrupt four game sweep at the hands of the Kootenay Ice, Schenn is eligible to return to to the Monarchs in time for their first round bout with the Binghamton Senators. The native of Saskatoon, SK had three goals and seven points in seven games during his stint in the league in November. Game 1 of Manchester’s series with Binghamton gets underway Thursday. Continue reading

The Future of Hockey – Brayden Schenn
February 14, 2011, 1:53 am
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Strenuous Year for Schenn
January 30, 2011, 4:05 pm
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By Aaron Vickers:

Pop quiz.

Name one player who has dealt with more on-ice disappointment than Los Angeles Kings Manchester Monarchs Brandon Wheat Kings Saskatoon Blades forward Brayden Schenn.

Without doubt, Schenn is one of the most talented prospects in the game today. That said, the last 12 months have been hard on the former fifth overall pick from 2009.  Continue reading

Brayden Brandon Bound
December 2, 2010, 8:41 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Brayden Schenn saga is over.

The Los Angeles Kings first pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft will be returned to the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Schenn, who has played in just eight games this season for the Kings, hasn’t drawn into an NHL game since October 30th. He recently returned to Los Angeles after an assigned conditioning stint with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. Continue reading

Trio of returnees lead Canada into camp

From Aaron Vickers:

Ryan Ellis, Calvin de Haan and Jared Cowen will have a shot at redemption.

The trio, who represented Canada’s silver medal effort at the World Junior Championship a year ago were named today to Canada’s selection camp roster Monday.

Should Ellis make the team, it will be his third consecutive event.

The Chicago Blackhawks have released Brandon Pirri, currently with the Rockfort IceHogs of the AHL, to Canada as well.

Sean Couturier of Drummondville and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Red Deer, who are battling to be the first overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, were also named to the team. Joining their draft class is Kitchener defenseman Ryan Murphy. Continue reading

Which throne for a (Wheat) King?
November 16, 2010, 6:41 pm
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From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

As it stands, Brayden Schenn is expected to be on his way to Manchester.

But does he have a return ticket to Los Angeles?

The Los Angeles Kings are planning to send the 19-year-old prospect to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on a conditioning stint. Schenn would be eligible to stay on the Kings’ AHL affiliate for up to 14 days. At that time, it is back to prime time or bus rides. Continue reading