Daily Dose of the Dub: Blazers make splash to acquire Hughes, Oil Kings bring in Mcindoe and more

Blazers make a big splash in trade with Blades 

After releasing Jackson Caller, the Kamloops Blazers had an open spot for an overage player. That is no longer the case as the team made a big move acquiring Ryan Hughes from the Saskatoon Blades for Jerzy Orchard, a 2022 second-round WHL Bantam Draft pick and a third-round pick in 2021. Both picks are Kamloops’ own picks. Hughes is a veteran of 250 WHL games tallying 78 goals and 105 assists. In two games with the Blades this year, he registered two goals and an assist.  Hughes and Blazers General Manager Matt Bardsley also have familiarity from their time together in Portland.

For analysis on what this trade means from the Blades point of view, you can head here.

Oil Kings acquire McIndoe from Chiefs 

The Edmonton Oil Kings have acquired forward Ethan Mcindoe from the Spokane Chiefs for Winnipeg’s fourth-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft (acquired in the Brendan Semchuk trade) and Edmonton’s fifth-round pick in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft. The 1999-born Mcindoe has yet to suit up this season but is expected back sometime in October. In 286 WHL games, he has 70 goals and 70 assists.

For Spokane, the move leaves them with Jake McGrew, Noah King, and Filip Kral as their overage players on the active roster. On the Edmonton side, they’re left with Mcindoe, Riley Sawchuk, Conner McDonald, and Dylan Myskiw meaning they’ll have to move out one of those players. Edmonton Oil Kings broadcaster Andrew Peard reports Myskiw will be the odd man out and has been told to await a move.

Robertson returns to Edmonton

The Oil Kings also got an addition to the blue line on Wednesday as the New York Rangers have sent defenseman Matthew Robertson back to Edmonton from their training camp. Robertson was selected by the Rangers in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Hurricanes release McCutcheon and Ashe from the active roster

The Lethbridge Hurricanes have released 2004-born Logan McCutcheon and 2002-born Dylan Ashe from the active roster. McCutcheon was drafted in the third round of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft and had suited up for one regular-season game going pointless. He’s off to the Saskatoon Contacts of the SMHL.

Ashe signed with the Hurricanes in April after going undrafted in the WHL Bantam Draft. He didn’t make it into a regular-season game but did suit up for a preseason game also going pointless. The Hurricanes expect he’ll report to the Melfort Mustangs of the SJHL.

ICE release McGovern from active roster 

The Winnipeg ICE have released 2000-born goaltender Duncan McGovern from the active roster. The Winnipeg native played 24 games for the ICE last season posting a 4.77 GAA and .868 save percentage. He had not yet seen game action this season. The ICE say he will report to “a team to be named later”

Peacock named Voice of the ICE

Sticking with The ICE, the team announced they have hired Mitch Peacock to be the team’s play-by-play voice. Peacock has been around hockey circles for over 20 years including time as the voice of the Prince Albert Raiders and as a rinkside reporter for Hockey Night in Canada.

CHL releases Weekly rankings 

The Canadian Hockey League has released their weekly rankings. Saskatoon leads the way at number three, Edmonton comes in at number four and Vancouver rounds out the group coming in sixth. The Portland Winterhawks also received honourable mention.

Panthers release Brouwer from a pro tryout 

The Florida Panthers have released Troy Brouwer (287 GP, 103 G, 116 A with the Moose Jaw Warriors) from a professional try-out contract. Brouwer played for the Panthers last season notching 12 goals and nine assists in 75 games.

Barnes named scout with Seattle NHL Franchise 

The Seattle NHL Franchise has hired Stu Barnes (204 GP, 148 G, 238 A with the New Westminster Bruins and Tri-City Americans) as a pro scout with the organization. Barnes is currently part-owner of the Americans franchise.

Barker signs in the Czech Republic 

Cam Barker (214 GP, 51 G, 128 A with the Medicine Hat Tigers) has signed a one-year contract in the Czech Republic Extraliga. The former third overall pick of the Chicago Blackhawks played just seven games in Finland last season notching one goal.

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