Junior star Schenn traded to Saskatoon

Forward Brayden Schenn, who recently tied a world junior points record for Canada, was traded to the Saskatoon Blades Monday ahead of the Western Hockey League's deadline.

Moves to hometown from Brandon, Man.

Forward Brayden Schenn, who recently tied a world junior points record for Canada, was traded Monday ahead of the Western Hockey League's deadline.

The centre went from the Brandon Wheat Kings to the Saskatoon Blades along with a third-round draft pick in 2012. The Wheat Kings receive a first and second round pick in 2011, a first rounder in 2012 and a first round pick in the 2012 Import Draft.

It's the latest stop in a season full of travels for Schenn, 19. He has also spent time with the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL, as well as their American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H.

Schenn, who is originally from Saskatoon, notched eight goals and 10 assists in seven games as Canada won silver last week at the world junior championships in Buffalo. The point total tied a national record for the tournament set 33 years ago by Dale McCourt of the St. Catharines Fincups.

"Over the last number of years, we’ve been building toward this," said Blades coach and general manager Lorne Molleken. "Ultimately, we want to win a championship, and we feel we have the team for it this year. Acquiring a Saskatoon-native who is the top forward and MVP of the world juniors gives us a chance to achieve our goal."

The trade gives Schenn the opportunity to try for consecutive Memorial Cup appearances. Saskatoon leads the WHL in points while Brandon is in rebuilding mode after finishing as runner up to Windsor last spring.

Schenn has scored 95 goals and 169 assists in 197 WHL games.

"Brayden is one of the finest players and people to ever wear our uniform," said Wheat Kings coach and GM Kelly McCrimmon. "It was an honour to have him in our organization. We wish him the best."

Schenn was selected fifth overall in the 2009 NHL entry draft by the Kings, the exact same spot at which his brother Luke was selected a year earlier by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Kootenay Ice on Monday traded for Schenn's world junior teammate Cody Eakin as they look to catch Saskatoon in the standings. Eakin leaves Swift Current, who received Christian Magnus, four prospects and two draft picks.

Michal Hlinka, who played for the Czech Republic at the world juniors, went from Moose Jaw to Prince Albert in a multi-player deal.


Chris Iorfida

Senior Writer

Chris Iorfida, based in Toronto, has been with CBC since 2002 and written on subjects as diverse as politics, business, health, sports, arts and entertainment, science and technology.