Kings Junior Prospects Square Off, plus Schenn

Over the last few years there has been a steady stream of encouraging news coming from the Kings prospects playing in junior hockey. They’ve had players win medals for their national teams at the World Junior Championships – including gold, silver and bronze this year – as well as made waves in the CHL.

Right now, they’re sitting pretty with the leading goal scorers in the WHL (Linden Vey) and OHL (Tyler Toffoli), two of the three circuits making up the Canadian junior league.

A few weeks ago their top two prospects in the OHL, Toffoli and Russian sensation Maxim Kitsyn, faced off (recap here).

Last night it was time for two of their WHL prospects to do the same – plus Brayden Schenn had a memorable game.

Vey (4th round, 2009) and his Medicine Hat Tigers traveled to Regina to take on Jordan Weal (3rd rd, 2010) and the Pats. Weal finished last season with the third most points in the WHL, trailing only fellow Kings prospect Brandon Kozun and Jordan Eberle.

He’s having another strong season and added a goal and two assists (and was a plus-2) in this game. However, the Tigers won 4-3. Vey increased his totals with another goal and assist as well. That gives him a league-best 81 points (32g, 49a) in 45 games.

Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be a WHL report without some news on Schenn…

As you probably know, he was recently traded from the Brandon Wheat Kings to his hometown Saskatoon Blades (details here). After sitting out a few games due to a shoulder injury suffered at the WJC, he finally made his debut Saturday night, picking up an assist in a 5-1 win over the Calgary Hitmen.

After taking a few days off, the two teams met up again last night to finish their home-and-home series. The Blades won again in an 8-4 rout and Schenn picked up his first goal with the team.

Next Wednesday, the Blades with host Weal and the Regina Pats for a little more double-prospect action.

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