Daily Dose of the Dub: Giants acquire Budy from Rebels for Sexsmith, Broncos, Chiefs, Royals sign prospects and more

Giants acquire Budy from Rebels for Sexsmith, Conditional Pick

The Vancouver Giants have acquired forward Brendan Budy from the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for 17-year-old defenseman Joel Sexsmith. The two teams also swapped conditional draft picks in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.

Budy is a 2000-born forward from Langley, BC who was originally drafted by the Rebels in the fourth round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He played the majority of last season with the USHL’s Tri-City Storm but also got into a handful of games with the University of Denver in the NCAA as one of the youngest players in the U.S. to play NCAA hockey last season. In 31 games with Tri-City, he had 11 goals and 20 assists. He was held pointless in six games with the University of Denver. Budy de-committed from the University of Denver to play for Tri-City and is now committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2020/21 season. However, Steve Ewen of The Province reports the Giants expect Budy to be in their lineup as early as next weekend.

Sexsmith is a 17-year old defenseman who was a first-round pick of the Swift Current Broncos in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. The Broncos shipped him to Vancouver in January of 2018 for a first-round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. The Giants signed Sexsmith less than 10 days after the trade but he has only played six games with the team due to injury, going pointless. Last season he primarily played for Delta Hockey Academy in the CSSHL where he recorded five goals and seven assists in 15 games.

Rebels announce rest of leadership group

The Rebels also announced the rest of their leadership group after naming Dawson Barteaux captain earlier in the week. Brett Davis (41 GP, 13 G, 18 A with Red Deer), Cam Hausinger (81 GP, 20 G, 29 A with the Rebels) and Ethan Sakowich (205 GP, 7 G, 28 with Red Deer) will be the assistant captains.

Royals sign newly-acquired Gannon

The Victoria Royals have signed newly-acquired forward Riley Gannon to a WHL Player Agreement. The Royals acquired him earlier this month from the Saskatoon Blades along with forward Gary Haden and draft picks for defenseman Scott Walford and draft picks. Last season, the Nanaimo, B.C. product had 50 points (21 goals, 39 assists) in 50 games with the VIJHL’s Nanaimo Buccaneers on his way to being named VIJHL Rookie of the Year.

Broncos sign Bulych 

The Swift Current Broncos have signed 2001-born Aiden Bulych to a WHL Player Agreement. The Prince Albert Raiders selected him in the ninth round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft but eventually dropped him from their 50-man protected list. Bulych played his first season of Junior hockey last season with the SJHL’s Yorkton Terriers registering 13 goals and 36 assists in 58 games to lead the league in points among rookie skaters.

Hurricanes sign ’03 goaltender Picklyk 

The Lethbridge Hurricanes have signed 2003-born netminder Jared Picklyk to a WHL Player Agreement. The Hurricanes selected Picklyk in the seventh round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. The Kelowna, BC product played for the Okanagan Rockets in the BC Minor Midget League where he posted a 2.11 GAA in 11 games. He is currently one of five goalies attending Lethbridge Hurricanes training camp.

Stars announce Rookie Camp Roster

The Dallas Stars announced their Rookie Camp Roster on Friday which includes: Red Deer Rebels captain Dawson Barteaux and now former Seattle Thunderbirds defenseman Jarret Tyszka.

Sheen signs in KHL

Riley Sheen (253 GP, 57 GP, 106 A with the Medicine Hat Tigers, Seattle Thunderbirds, Lethbridge Hurricanes and Red Deer Rebels) has signed with Kunlun Red Star in the KHL after two years at the University of Calgary in which he had 24 goals and 23 assists in 39 games.

Brust signs in Slovakia

Barry Brust (187 GP with the Spokane Chiefs and Calgary Hitmen) has signed with Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia for on a two-year contract. This is his second stint with Slovan having played with them from 2015-2017. Last season he split the year between Kunlun Red Star and Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod posting a 9-12-2 record in 24 games.


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