WHL Prospect Watch – 1/9/2011

MVP for Injured Schenn

Despite playing the final two games of the IIHF World Junior Championships in Buffalo with a separated shoulder, Brandon Wheat Kings forward Brayden Schenn took home the tournament MVP while helping Canada earn a silver medal.

“[The MVP] is a nice thing to have but if you don’t win it doesn’t mean a lot,” Schenn told The Buffalo News. “I’d rather have a gold medal and be celebrating with my teammates.”

Schenn hid the injury well. The Los Angeles Kings prospect set a tournament record with 18 points and tallied a goal and an assist, despite Canada’s epic collapse, in the gold medal game against Russia. The severity of his injury wasn’t clear until his older brother Luke, a Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman, told The Toronto Sun his brother “could not even lift [his arm] to brush his teeth” the morning of the semifinal game against the U.S.

“’How are you going to play?’” the older Schenn asked his brother. “He told me he was going to find a way.”

The Wheat Kings will be without their star forward’s services for at least 10 days.

Connolly Cruises Through Weekend

Tampa Bay Lightning 2010 first round pick Brett Connolly racked up three points (two goals, one assist) in two games for his Prince George Cougars on Friday and Saturday against the Vancouver Giants.

The 18-year-old winger scored a goal in Friday’s 4-3 loss, and scored twice with a helper in a 7-5 win on Saturday.

He now has 25 goals and 15 assists in 32 games for the Cougars this year. He recorded three assists in seven games while representing Canada in the World Juniors.

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