Canada's top scorer at the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship has been dealt from the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings to the Saskatoon Blades.
In exchange for Schenn, Brandon receives the Blades' first-round bantam picks in both 2011 and 2012. As well, the Wheat Kings get Saskatoon's second-round pick this year and the Blades' first-round selection in the 2012 CHL Import Draft. In addition to the four draft picks, the Wheat Kings receive the Blades' top two 15-year old prospects: centre Tim McGauley and defenceman Ayrton Nikkel. McGauley and Nikkel were the Blades' first two picks in last year's WHL Bantam Draft, going 20th and 42nd overall respectively.
Schenn finished last season with 99 points and has a goal and two assists in two games since returning from the Los Angeles Kings this season.
Wheat Kings' head coach and general manager Kelly McCrimmon believes rebuilding for the future is worth the talent they gave up in the deal.
"This trade is a very important trade for our franchise," said McCrimmon. "We felt that it was important to recover from some of the moves we made to build our team for last season's Memorial Cup. When we were awarded the Cup in October 2008, we felt then that it might be a three-year process, with today's move being part of that process."
By trading Schenn, McCrimmon knows that he is parting with an excellent player.
"Brayden is one of the finest players and people to ever wear our uniform," said McCrimmon.
Schenn was named both the Most Valuable Player and the top forward at the recently completed World Juniors, where he earned his second straight silver medal.
During his WHL career, the former first-round bantam draft choice of the Wheat Kings has scored 95 goals and 264 points in 197 games.