Daily Dose of the Dub: Trades, Trades, and more Trades

Royals pull off a blockbuster with Warriors

The Victoria Royals pulled off one of the bigger moves the WHL has seen in recent memory acquiring Anaheim Ducks prospect Brayden Tracey, goaltender Adam Evanoff, a fourth-round pick in 2020 (Red Deer’s) and a fifth-round pick in 2023 from the Moose Jaw Warriors for goaltender Brock Gould, forward Logan Doust, defenseman Nolan Jones, a third-round pick in 2020, a first-round pick in 2021 (Saskatoon’s) a second-round pick in 2022 and a fourth-round pick in 2022. Our Brandon Rivers has a full breakdown of the trade here. 

Giants acquire Florchuk from Blades

The Vancouver Giants acquired forward Eric Florchuk and a seventh-round pick in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft from Saskatoon Blades for forward Evan Patrician, a 2020 first-round pick (originally Medicine Hat’s) and a second-round pick in 2021. Our Stephen Hawco has everything you need to know here. 

Raiders acquire Paddock from Pats

The Prince Albert Raiders acquired goaltender Max Paddock from the Regina Pats for forward Jakob Brook (who will be sidelined for a few weeks due to injury), a second-round pick in 2020 and a conditional third-round pick in 2022. The condition on the trade is based on whether or not Paddock is back with the Raiders for his overage season next year. As a result of the trade, the Raiders also announced that goaltender Keegan Karki has been released from the active roster and the Pats announced that they have recalled defenseman Steven Zonneveld and goaltender Danton Belluk for the rest of this season. They have also recalled Matthew Kieper on an emergency basis. Our Chris Clark has a full breakdown of the trade here.

Blazers acquire Zabransky from Warriors for Lang

The Kamloops Blazers acquired import defenseman Libor Zabransky from the Moose Jaw Warriors for import forward Martin Lang. Our Jordan Bremner has a full analysis of the trade here.

Cougars make trades with Blades, Wheat Kings

The Prince George Cougars made a pair of trades late Thursday evening. In the first move, the Cougars acquired defenseman Majid Kaddoura, a first-round pick in 2020 (via Vancouver via Medicine Hat) and the WHL rights to unsigned prospect Jayden Watson from the Saskatoon Blades for defenseman Rhett Rhinehart and a third-round pick in 2020. Kaddoura has two goals and eight assists in 36 games this season while Rhinehart has three goals and 12 assists in 36 games. The unsigned Watson was drafted by the Blades in the eighth-round in 2018 and is playing for his hometown Grand Prairie Storm Midget AAA in the AMHL where he’s notched five goals and 16 assists in 21 games.

In the Cougars’ second move of the day, they traded forward Reid Perepeluk to the Brandon Wheat Kings for forward Jonny Hooker. Hooker has eight goals and five assists in 34 games this season while Perepeluk has four goals and five assists in 31 games.

Americans acquire Joseph from Rockets

The Tri-City Americans acquired forward Jadon Joseph from the Kelowna Rockets for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2022 WHL Bantam Draft. The move comes as overage forward Kyle Topping is two-three weeks away from returning to the Rockets lineup according to GM Bruce Hamilton. In 37 games this season split between the Rockets and Moose Jaw Warriors, Topping has eight goals and 11 assists.

Hitmen acquire Mitchell from Silvertips for Campbell

The Calgary Hitmen acquired Conrad Mitchell and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft from the Everett Silvertips for Hunter Campbell. Mitchell is in his second season in the WHL and has four goals and one assist in 29 games in Everett this season. Campbell has played 31 games in Calgary this season and has posted three goals and eight assists.

Hitmen also acquire Gabruch from Chiefs

The Calgary Hitmen also acquired forward Connor Gabruch from the Spokane Chiefs for a fifth-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. In 36 games with the Chiefs this season, he has three goals and four assists.

Zamula to undergo season-ending back surgery

Calgary Hitmen defenseman Egor Zamula is heading under the knife for a season-ending back surgery which the team says was necessitated by “a degenerative condition that intensified at the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championships.” Zamula was a point-per-game player on the Hitmen blueline this season with seven goals and 21 assists in 28 games.

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Wheat Kings release Zayat from the active roster

The Brandon Wheat Kings released rookie defenseman Jack Zayat from the active roster. The 17-year-old defenseman played nine games this year and went pointless.

Zayat joins Grande Prairie Storm 

Following his release from the Wheat Kings active roster, Zayat signed with the AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm. The Storm say he will be in the lineup this weekend.

Eagles acquire Klassen’s CJHL rights

The Surrey Eagles of the BCHL have acquired goaltender Reece Klassen from the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL for future considerations. Klassen has been with the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos this season suiting up for nine games with a 5.13 GAA and 0.878 save percentage with a 1-7-0-1 record. There has been no official announcement from Swift Current, but Klassen is no longer listed on the Broncos website suggesting he will likely report to his hometown Eagles for the conclusion of his junior hockey career.

Dirks leaves Raiders organization

After several years as a scout with the Prince Albert Raiders, Dana Dirks has announced on Twitter that he has decided to move on from the organization.

Schneider, Wiesblatt to wear letters in CHL Top Prospects game

Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Braden Schneider and Prince Albert Raiders forward Ozzy Wiesblatt have been named assistant captains for the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game set to take place next week.

WHL Suits Up to Promote Organ Donation to take a different look?

Our friend Guy Flaming points out the Edmonton Oil Kings will be going with a new look for their “WHL Suits Up to Promote Organ Donation” night this year. In previous years, the nights had been associated with Don Cherry and featured Don Cherry-inspired jerseys. Neither of those things appears to be part of the Oil Kings’ plans this year. It remains to be seen how the rest of the league is reacting. He goes on to suggest that the powder blue suits of “Hockey Night in Canada” will play a part in the theme.

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