When Anze Kopitar went down with an injury a few weeks ago, Kings fans everywhere went into full blown doom and gloom mode.
Over the last few days though, the news just keeps getting better for the Kings. First came word that Scott Parse is near returning. Earlier today, Justin Williams proclaimed himself ready to go and he’ll be in the line-up tomorrow night when the Kings open the playoffs vs. the San Jose Sharks.
Now comes the most unlikely of news – Brayden Schenn‘s junior team, the Saskatoon Blades…the team with the best regular season record in the Western Hockey League…have been eliminated from the WHL Playoffs, swept by the Kootenay Ice 4-0.
First off, keep in mind that Schenn has played games tonight and last night. So, he won’t be in San Jose for game one between the Kings and Sharks. Youngster or not, he doesn’t need to be playing for the third night in a row.
However, should the Kings even call him up to the NHL for the remainder of the playoffs? If so, after he plays his second game, they’ll burn a full year off of his entry level contract (he played eight games earlier this season, at ten the contract kicks in). Is it worth it?
Should he go to Manchester (AHL) instead?
If you were GM Dean Lombardi, what would you do?
[update 4/14/11 10:55am: poll closed, Kings expected to announce Schenn to Manchester soon]