General Manager and Head Coach Brent Sutter of the Red Deer Rebels announced a deal today that involved multiple parts heading to the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for forward Ben King.
The 2002-born King has played in 71 WHL games, all with the Broncos. He has scored nine times and added 25 assists. The former first-round pick (2017) is eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. He was not listed on the Central Scouting Players to Watch list put out last month.
Headed the other way is 2002-born Cohner Saleski, who is now headed to his third team this season. Saleski played in just five games for Red Deer, tallying just one assist.
Also headed to the division rival is Jordan Borysiuk, another 17-year-old. Borysiuk has played in only nine WHL games in his career, scoring once and adding an assist. He was a 2017 third-round pick of the Rebels.
There were two other parts to the deal, including a third-round pick in 2020 that was formerly the Lethbridge Hurricanes pick and unsigned 2004-born Parker Lalonde. Lalonde was a sixth-round pick of the Rebels in the 2019 bantam draft. He currently plays for the Saskatoon Blazers of the SMHL where he has two goals and three assists.
The trade is the second for the Broncos this week as they dealt Joona Kiviniemi to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for Sergei Alkhimov and a sixth-round pick in 2020 on Tuesday.
It is believed there were several other teams in the hunt for the services of King.
Our Brandon Rivers wrote a story about Ben King earlier this season.