Wednesday, February 2, 2011
First, it was Maxim Kitsyn vs. Tyler Toffoli in the OHL (recap here) and more recently Jordan Weal took on Linden Vey (recap here).
Now, it's time for the big dog. Brayden Schenn, the Kings first round draft pick in 2009, will meet Weal and his Regina Pats tonight in Saskatoon.
Schenn, who has only played six games with the Blades since being traded there a few weeks ago, is coming off his best game of the season.
Last night he was hit hard in the first period by Brett Ferguson of the Red Deer Rebels. After laying on the ice motionless for a few minutes he eventually shook off the cob webs and ended up scoring two goals and added an assist - the first multi-goal game with his new team.
The second one was also his 100th WHL goal. That's not even close to a record though. In fact, former King Ray Ferraro scored 108 in one season back in 1983-84 for Schenn's old team, the Brandon Wheat Kings.
Back to the present...
He now has five goals and six assists in six games with the Blades and they remain atop the WHL with 80 points.
The Pats are bringing up the rear, sitting second to last in the league (43 points). However, they beat the Blades 4-3 on January 12 and have an overall record of 2-1 vs. Saskatoon this season, with both wins coming in Regina.
Weal is ninth in league scoring with 64 points (25a, 39a) in 50 games. He also had two assists and scored in the shootout in their last meeting.
Of course, all of the head-to-head comparisons were before Schenn joined the Blades. So, we'll have to see what happens tonight.
The Complete Story on Brayden Schenn
Schenn Traded by His Junior Team
Interview with Jordan Weal - from training camp 2010
WJC Recap and Look Ahead to 2012 - notes on Kitsyn, Schenn and Derek Forbort
Kitsyn is Russian for Gold t-shirts