World Juniors: D'Amigo Hit To the Head, Leafs Wishing They Had Both Schenns

Nathan ColeCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2010

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 29: Brayden Schenn #10  of Canada skates against Norway during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship game between the Canada and Norway  on December 29, 2010 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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It was a rough night on Tuesday at the World Juniors, with three suspensions being dealt out after three different hits to the head.  Zack Kassian, a forward for the Canadian team, was suspended for two games after connecting with the head of Czech Republic defenseman Petr Senkerik.

Jerry D'Amigo, a Maple Leafs prospect playing for the American team, could be be injured after getting hit by Slovakian defenseman Peter Hrasko, who was also suspended two games.  D'Amigo rocketed up the Leafs prospect rankings after lighting up the World Juniors last year when the U.S. won the gold.

Speaking of having rough nights, Sondre Olden was on the unfortunate receiving end of a blowout Canadian victory over Norway.  Olden is said to have fantastic skating ability and a big body, but still needs to work on his overall game before he is ready to make the leap to the NHL.

The main thorn in the side of Norway was Luke's younger brother Brayden Schenn.  Schenn is having a breakout tournament and led Canada to a dominating victory over Norway 10-1.  Scoring four goals in the game and adding an assist, he tied a World Junior record for most goals in a game, a feat managed by Mario Lemieux and Simon Gagne.  

The Leafs wanted to move up in the draft in 2009 to get Schenn or were hoping that he would fall to the 7th spot where they ended up drafting Nazem Kadri.  Obviously they got a strong player in Kadri, who may be struggling right now, but has the talent to excel at the NHL level.  But it must hurt Brian Burke to see Schenn's progression over the past year and not have him within his ranks.

Schenn was a role player at the tournament last year, but as the one returning forward this year, he has lit up the tournament and has a chance to break the all-time scoring record for the tournament.