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Brandon Wheat Kings centre Brayden Schenn is expected to undergo a precautionary MRI exam today in Los Angeles after suffering what is believed to be a minor knee injury in practice on Tuesday.
While wild speculation ran rampant on Internet sites that Schenn may have suffered a major injury, Wheat Kings head coach/general manager Kelly McCrimmon said initial indications are it doesn't appear to be serious.
"I think it's pretty minor, just tweaked his knee in practice (Tuesday) and didn't skate (Wednesday)," McCrimmon said. "And he was scheduled to fly to L.A. (today), so they will pick up on it there."
While Schenn was unavailable for comment, his father Jeff confirmed via telephone from Saskatoon that an MRI is scheduled for today, but also described the injury as minor and doesn't believe any surgery will be required.
The 19-year-old centre suffered a sprained medial collateral knee ligament in Game 3 of last season's WHL Eastern Conference final against the Calgary Hitmen, but never missed a game and looked to be in top form during this year's training camp. He left Tuesday's practice a little early and was already scheduled to fly to Los Angeles today to attend Kings training camp.
Schenn was drafted fifth overall by the Kings in the 2009 NHL draft and, despite missing a month while playing for Canada's world junior team, led the Wheat Kings in scoring with 34 goals and 99 points in only 59 regular-season games.
Schenn is one of six Wheat Kings heading off to NHL training camps this week.
Right-winger Scott Glennie, 19, drafted eighth overall by Dallas last year, left today for Stars training camp, while defenceman Brodie Melnychuk, 19, leaves today for a free-agent tryout with the Anaheim Ducks. Right-winger Mark Stone, 18, and Brandon-born left-winger Michael Ferland, 18, both selected in the 2010 NHL draft by the Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames, respectively, left for camps earlier this week while centre/right-winger David Toews, 20, leaves for New York Islanders camp on Saturday.
The Wheat Kings open the WHL pre-season with a home-and-home series Friday in Regina and Saturday night at Westman Place.
ICINGS: Wheat Kings season ticket holders will be able to pick up their tickets today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the south end parking lot of the Keystone Centre.