Daily Dose of the Dub: Holt traded to Regina, Blazers sign Lindgren, Royals acquire Fahey and more

Pats acquire overage forward Holt, conditional pick for import forward Alkhimov, conditional pick 

The Regina Pats have acquired overage forward Dawson Holt (six G, 13 A in 53 regular season games with Vancouver) along with a conditional seventh-round pick in 2022 from the Vancouver Giants for import forward Sergei Alkhimov (13 G, 14 A in 66 regular season games) and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2022.

For the Pats, this move fills their third and final overage spot for next season (barring further moves) and also clears out an import spot for the club, allowing them to make use of the seventh overall pick in Thursday’s CHL Import Draft.

From the Giants perspective, the move brings them closer to paring down the roster to the WHL’s overage player limit. The Giants currently have seven overage players signed for the 2019-20 season, but that includes import overage forward Milos Roman who is a Calgary Flames prospect, and Arizona Coyotes prospect David Tendeck. The move also fills the hole left by Yannik Valenti in the Giants import situation meaning they will only be allowed to select one player in the Import Draft.

Blazers sign first-round pick Lindgren 

The Kamloops Blazers have signed seventh-overall pick Mats Lindgren to a WHL player agreement. Lindgren is a five-foot-eight, 158-pound defenseman from North Vancouver, B.C. who played last season with the Burnaby Winter Club Bantam Prep Team. The son of former NHLer Mats Lindgren had four goals and 22 assists in 27 games with Burnaby Winter Club last season. The Blazers will now look to sign Lindgren’s good friend and fellow first-round pick Connor Levis to a WHL player agreement. Both players had made verbal agreements to attend the University of Michigan in the 2022-23 season. With Mats headed to the Blazers, will Connor follow suit?

Blazers also release defenseman Sillanpaa

Sticking with the Blazers, Jon Keen with Radio NL in Kamloops is reporting the team has released defenseman Joonas Silanpaa (61 GP, 1 G, 4 A last season with Kamloops). The move leaves the team with one open import spot which will allow them to select one player in the CHL Import Draft. Forward Martin Lang (65 GP, 11 G, 22 A with Kamloops last season) is expected to return for his 18-year old season with the club.

Royals acquire Fahey from ICE for a conditional pick

The Victoria Royals have acquired forward River Fahey from the Winnipeg ICE for a conditional eighth-round pick in the 2021 Bantam Draft. Fahey split last season between the Red Deer Rebels and Kootenay ICE playing 45 games, scoring two goals and adding four assists.

Oil Kings release Pavlenko

The Edmonton Oil Kings have also freed up one of their import spots with the release of forward Andrei Pavlenko (58 GP, 9 G, 17 A with the Oil Kings last season).  Forward Vladimir Alistrov (62 GP, 12 G, 26 A with the Oil Kings last season) is currently at Toronto Maple Leafs development camp on a camp invite but is expected to return to the Oil Kings next season.

Thunderbirds GM La Forge adds clarity to overage situation

In the latest episode of the team’s Top Shelf interview segment, Seattle Thunderbirds GM Bill La Forge added some clarity to the team’s overage situation saying they have been projecting all summer that Matthew Wedman (66 GP, 40 G, 37 A with the Thunderbirds last season) will not be returning to the club next season, but it would be a nice bonus if he did return.

He also says the team plans to have overage import forward Andrej Kukuca (59 GP, 25 G, 32 A with Seattle last season) in the lineup next season, meaning they don’t plan to select a player in the CHL Import Draft with import defenseman Simon Kubicek (61 GP, 9 G, 19 A with Seattle last season) also returning to the club next season.

Foote signs with Tampa Bay Lightning

The first player sign from the 2019 NHL Draft class comes from the bottom of the first round and not the top as forward Nolan Foote (66 GP, 36 G. 27 with the Kelowna Rockets last season) has signed his entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Foote was selected by the Lightning with the 27th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother, Cal Foote, who is also a Rockets alumni was selected by the Lightning with the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and played last season with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

More NHL development camp invites 

Adding to the list of NHL development camp invites with a few we missed over the last couple days.

  • Graduating Forward Andrew Fyten (244 GP, 35 G, 48 A with the Calgary Hitmen, Swift Current Broncos and Edmonton Oil Kings) is at Calgary Flames development camp
  • Import Forward Krystof Hrabik (63 GP, 21 G, 30 A with the Tri-City Americans last season) is at St. Louis Blues development camp
  • Forward Brett Kemp (64 GP, 33 G, 27 A split between the Medicine Hat Tigers and Edmonton Oil Kings) is at New York Rangers development camp
  • Forward David Kope (61 GP, 14 G, 14 A with the Edmonton Oil Kings last season) is at Calgary Flames development camp
  • Overage forward Kyle Olson (62 GP, 21 G, 19 A with the Tri-City Americans last season) is at Buffalo Sabres development camp
  • Overage Goaltender Dylan Myskiw (45 GP, 2.53 GAA, .914 Save Percentage with the Edmonton Oil Kings) is at Winnipeg Jets Camp.

Woo not participating in Canucks development camp

Calgary Hitmen defenseman Jett Woo (62 GP, 12 G 54 A with the Moose Jaw Warriors last season) is not participating in Vancouver Canucks development camp after undergoing a recent off-season procedure. It is expected he will be healthy for Team Canada’s summer camp in late August and will be good to go for the Calgary Hitmen when the WHL regular season starts in September.

25 WHL players set to attend Hockey Canada U-17 Camp 

Hockey Canada has invited 112 players to their Under-17 Development Camp as they prepare for the 2019 World U-17 Challenge. The group will include 25 WHL players and prospects:

  • Goaltender Tyler Brennan (Prince George first round pick 2018)
  • Goaltender Thomas Millic (Seattle third round pick 2018)
  • Goaltender Drew Sim (Vancouver third round pick 2018)
  • Defenseman Nolan Allan (Prince Albert first round pick 2018)
  • Defenseman Nolan Bentham (Victoria first round pick 2018)
  • Defenseman Corson Ceulemans (Moose Jaw fifth-round pick 2018)
  • Defenseman Carson Lambos (Winnipeg first round pick 2018)
  • Defenseman Kyle Masters (Red Deer first round pick 2018)
  • Defenseman Keagan Slaney (Edmonton first round pick 2018)
  • Defenseman Graham Sward (Spokane first round pick 2018)
  • Defenseman Hunter Thornton (Prince George second round pick 2018)
  • Forward Craig Armstrong (Prince George first round pick 2018)
  • Forward Jake Chiasson (Brandon first round pick 2018)
  • Forward Jake Grubbe (Red Deer first round pick 2018)
  • Forward Dylan Guenther (Edmonton first round pick 2018)
  • Forward Tyson Laventure (Prince Albert second round pick 2018)
  • Forward Zach Ostapchuk (Vancouver first round pick 2018)
  • Forward Conner Roulette (Seattle second round pick 2018)
  • Forward Matthew Savoie (Winnipeg first round pick 2019)
  • Forward Cole Sillinger (Medicine Hat first round pick 2018)
  • Forward Logan Stankoven (Kamloops first round pick 2018)
  • Forward Zack Stringer (Lethbridge first round pick 2018)
  • Forward Sean Tschigerl (Calgary first round pick 2018)
  • Forward Kai Uchacz (Seattle first round pick 2018)
  • Forward Trevor Wong (Kelowna first round pick 2018)

Avalanche acquire WHL alumni Connauton 

The Colorado Avalanche have acquired defenseman Kevin Connauton (69 GP, 24 G, 48 A with the Vancouver Giants) and a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Arizona Coyotes for forward Carl Soderberg.

Red Wings relieve Merksoky of scouting duties 

The Detroit Red Wings have relieved pro scout and former WHLer Glenn Merkosky of his duties with the team. Merkosky played 72 games in the WHL with the Calgary Wranglers and put up 49 goals and 40 assists in one season. He also played 11 games in the old WCHL with the Kamloops Chiefs and Seattle Breakers where he had five goals and four assists.

Mintos bring in former WHLer Dallman as assistant coach

The Prince Albert Mintos of the SMHL have brought in former WHLer Tyson Dallman (88 GP, 3 G, 12 A with the Tri-City Americans) to be an assistant coach with the team. Dallman spent three seasons with the SMHL as a player before joining the Americans.

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