I know people are curious about this, so here's the info.
Brayden's team, Saskatoon, is trailing 2-0 in their second round series.
If Saskatoon is eliminated, Schenn would be available to the Kings by game five of the Kings' first round series at the latest. If they are swept, for example, he'd be available sooner. Anywhere from April 13th through April 20th.
Personally I'm really conflicted about the Kings thrusting Brayden into the playoffs if given the option. It could be a disaster for his development. It could also be a boost. Jury is out for me on that one.
At the same time, the Kings should ice the best team possible, and there is no question that Brayden would improve the team.
I would honestly let him play for Manchester instead unless we were somehow dominating the Canucks in some miracle way. No sense in burning a year of his deal to give him a game or two of "experience" when he will likely be demoted to bottom 6 and play like a combined 24 minutes of playoff time.
“Every good army needs a couple of criminals.” - Dean Lombardi
He's been skating for while now, and at least 10 days ago he proclaimed he "wasn't 100%". That tells me he's very, very close.
Originally Posted by Chazz Reinhold
All of that, and the fact that he's not even participating in full practices, should point your toward the opposite conclusion...
Yep... Parse was supposed to be back in February. That means complications from his hip surgery. If he's STILL not 100%, when he was supposed to be 100% two months ago, that's not a good sign.
Originally Posted by RH63
Here's to hoping Saskatoon gets swept and Schenn in kings uni by the 13th.
I'm still conflicted about that possibility, but you've got to think that Brayden would welcome the opportunity. That said, it screams rushing the kid which is totally against everything about Dean's player development philosophy.
As soon as Saskatoon is eliminated, we should call him up. He doesn't even need to play heavy minutes. Give him 8-10 minutes a game + PP time. He's still one of our most skilled players even though he's inexperienced.
I feel that Schenn is absolutely ready to play. A few bounces go his away and Schenner has about 5 goals in the 9 games he played in the beginning of the season. He performed so well in the WJCs and had all year to get better..
The more I think about it, it makes sense for AEG to want to burn a year since he has zero chance of hitting his bonuses this year. The new CBA will be in place by the time he needs a new contract anyways.
It's also one less year for him to play well enough to command big money. Burning a year off his deal is irrelevant. If he plays well enough for that to be important in so far as having to pay him more, then the team would be in great shape.
Except there is little chance at the cup. Let's be real.
Let's be real(er)... Cup chances don't grow on trees. I realize there's an above average chance the Kings make the playoffs for a lot of years to come, but you don't throw away opportunities like this just because odds aren't great. Any team can get a hot goalie, get lucky and make a run.