THE FU­TURE HAS AR­RIVED

Schenn graced the cover of THN’s 2011 Fu­ture Watch as hockey’s top prospect. It took a while, but he’s now de­liv­er­ing on that prom­ise

The Hockey News - - NHL - – JEREMY RUTHERFORD

I WAS JUST TRY­ING TO GET BET­TER. THERE WAS HYPE, BUT SOME­TIMES IT’S TOUGH LIV­ING UP TO IT AS A 19- OR 20-YEAR-OLD KID – Bray­den Schenn

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the ice, more con­fi­dent,” Schenn said. “When you’re p‘tSolcaghy­owinoa­gru­titzn­tyha’ elflre­osi­matu­naDd­taipoyen1rsf,owarn­mitdh. Itt’hvoepnh­pal­dady­cei­h­n­resgm, Tyiaos­r­tuar’ysveewngk­i­tooht, mplauy­ci­h­nmg owre­i­ththat­nwyoougrceaant ap­slka­y­foer.”s, there’s re­ally not PhAi­lay­deeal­r­phaifa­te­ornSc­thenpnowsce­or­rped­lay1,8shoafrhin­is­g2t5hegNoaHl­sLwleiatdh iwIn­nitfhaacttth,deSeBcphlauer­entsmnt,ehSnic­sth,swaea­mas­raotzjnoarhi­nat­dys ocTo­fahm­rais­esep­a­not kien­ovtew­p­n­re­sort­deruevc­nyt­gi­itonhng. flaotretNheovlemag­buer.le“Eadar­liyn oen­vein-smtryenc­ga­trheepr,oIinwt­sasthm­roauygbhe run­ning around too much and al­ways look­ing for that of­fense,” Schenn said. “You re­al­ize the bet­ter you play id­negfet­noseg,et­thaen­m­dotrheeomf­feonr­seivteim­ce­haynocue’srey­oruea’rlelyre­gao­lil­nyg­goto- hleaavgeutehenop­wuc, kth. Wey­haelnl ypo­lauy­lo­doek­feantsteh.eY­toup tprlyayaen­rds il­neathrne ofr­tohmert­phloasy­ergsuayswaneldl.”build your game from watch­ing

The fu­ture is now for Schenn, whose per­for­mance tchi­ais­riesse.a“sHoen’shbaesttmer­at­d­hean­th­we­hBatluwese woelu­clodmheavbeeen­veefin- hYeoop.e“dE,vte­o­rybbeo­hdoyn­deestvewloitph­syao­tut,h”es­iari­d­owBn­lureastec,oancdh oMbivkieIoud­solyn’ytokun­hoawvew­shi­tau­tatwioennstaonnd rboelfeosre(o, nbuoth­were’treeam­resa)l. pfainlnlu­veykoaer­slv.eeeaHddseot’ionsn wch­boaehn­viyn­seit­gsh­h­taieism­nwt,oloy­fa­fu­neil­nd­nd­vs­niio’tvtlevl­coeotodhnkr­tiesin­na­lutsi,ke­cae.onWrt­di­h­nei’Igrs­de­cio­thsh­nanr’nti­olc­sltees­dae, to have him.”

The points have come fast and fu­ri­ous for Schenn in St. Louis, where he’s cen­ter­ing one of the NHL’s most pro­lific lines. BLUE STREAK

Schenn was No. 1 in FW 2011. His line­mates, Tarasenko and Schwartz, were fifth and 23rd.

BRAY­DEN SCHENN

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