Catching up with Brayden Schenn

My chat with Philadelphia forward (and former Kings prospect) Brayden Schenn following the Flyers practice at TSC this afternoon…

On being back at TSC after all these years:

“Yeah. Obviously, it’s cool to get back. I’m excited for the game tomorrow, my first time playing in L.A. Obviously, being drafted here, I didn’t play a whole lot of games, but I look forward to the game. It should be exciting.”

On which players on the Kings he still communicates with, if any:

“I talk to Doughty a little bit. Trevor Lewis. Jake Muzzin. Jarret Stoll. That’s pretty much it. I spent a little bit of time here and I got to know, actually, Doughty through my brother first. I keep in contact with him a little bit and obviously, (we’re) good friends, but that’s put aside for tomorrow’s game.”

If having Simmonds with him helped the transition to Philadelphia:

“Yeah, definitely. I feel like I’ve played with Simmer for the past five or six years, even though the first little bit was 18-19. We’ve spent, pretty much, the majority of our careers together, on the same line, for me anyway. It’s nice having him along on my side and I enjoy playing with him.”

On how he would explain the difference between Kings hockey and Flyers hockey to someone that wasn’t familiar with either:

“They always say that the west is a little bit different hockey than the east. That’s what guys always say. Obviously, I haven’t played much in the west, but it’s a little bit different style of game. Out here in California, they’ve got a lot of big, strong teams. Out east, maybe it’s a bit more offensive and the west is a little bit more defensive. As far as the team goes, L.A. is big, strong. We feel we’re kind of the same thing, as well. Both teams have a lot of skill.”

On his memories of Dean Lombardi when he  (Schenn) was wanting more playing time:

“Yeah, you always want more. You always feel like you can get more. Dean gave me a little bit of opportunity at the start and obviously traded me, but that’s all part of business. I’m happy to be in Philadelphia and I definitely enjoy the organization.”

On if he follows the Kings in the standings still:

“Yeah, you look every once in a while, but it’s not like every day I’m checking stats to see how the Kings are doing. It’s different when you play out east. You don’t see the teams out west as much, and that’s kind of how it goes.”


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