Daily Dose of the DUB: Pats and Broncos involved in trade, teams announce leadership groups, and much more

Pats and Broncos make a deal

Defenseman Daylan Weigel (1GP, 0G, 0A with Regina) has been traded to the Swift Current Broncos by the Regina Pats. A sixth-round WHL Draft pick in 2018 by the Pats, Weigel had yet to make his mark on the team’s roster. Last season Weigel played for the Saskatoon Blazers U18 AAA team, where he registered six goals and 20 assists in 42 games. In return, the Broncos sent the Pats a 2021 WHL Draft fifth-round pick.

20-year-old cut down day on February 23

As reported by Jon Keen, the WHL cutdown day for 20-year-old players is on Tuesday, February 23rd. In a typical season, a WHL team is allowed to carry as many 20-year-old players as it wants until October 10th but can only play any three of them in one game. It is then required to only have three such players on its team.

Hurricanes name leadership group

The Lethbridge Hurricanes named their leadership group for the 24-game regular season. Leading the charge as captain is 20-year-old forward Dino Kambeitz (190GP, 36G, 36A with Victoria and Lethbridge). He is joined by assistant captains forward Logan Barlage (204GP, 42G, 75A with Swift Current and Lethbridge), defenseman Alex Cotton (122GP, 22G, 56A with Lethbridge), forward Justin Hall (102GP, 16G, 29A with Lethbridge), and defenseman Mitch Prowse (239GP, 9G, 72A with Victoria and Lethbridge).

Warriors name leadership group

The Moose Jaw Warriors named their leadership group, lead by their new captain 18-year-old defenseman Daemon Hunt (94GP, 8G, 29A with Moose Jaw). He is joined by assistant captains forward Tate Popple (174GP, 28G, 27A with Moose Jaw), forward Logan Doust (125GP, 15G, 13A with Victoria and Moose Jaw), forward Ryder Korczak (115GP, 26G, 56A with Calgary, and Moose Jaw), and forward Calder Anderson (62GP, 4G, 6A with Moose Jaw).

Wheat Kings name Schneider captain

Defenseman Braden Schneider (185GP, 16G, 72A with Brandon) has been named the 64th captain in Brandon Wheat Kings history. Schneider, a 2020 first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers, has been an assistant captain for the last two seasons. Schneider has played for Team Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championships this season (6GP, 1G, 2A) as well as the Hartford Wolf Pack (2GP, 0G, 1A). Schneider takes over from the graduated Connor Gutenberg.

Lind joins Rebels roster

The Red Deer Rebels have added 2020 WHL Draft first-round pick, Kalan Lind, to their roster. Lind was the sixth overall selection. This season the 16-year-old Lind was able to play in six games with the Saskatoon Contacts U18 AAA scoring seven goals and adding seven assists. In his draft-eligible season, Lind played 27 games with the Swift Current Broncos U15 AA team posting 68 goals and adding 52 assists. Lind is eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft.

Bjorklund clears waivers

Forward Paycen Bjorklund (153GP, 17G, 15A with Tri-City) has been placed on and cleared WHL waivers. Without any WHL teams claiming him, Bjorklund’s rights are now available to any team that will have him in any league. Bjorklund was drafted in the second round of the 2015 WHL Draft by the Americans.

Fleury Recalled by Canadiens, Baddock returned to Rocket

Defenseman Cale Fleury (269GP, 32G, 95A with Kootenay and Regina ’14-’18) has been recalled by the Montreal Canadiens to serve on their taxi squad while Brandon Baddock (255GP, 54G, 49A with Edmonton ’11-’16) has been reassigned to the Laval Rocket after serving on the taxi squad for the Canadiens.

Sautner recalled to Canucks taxi squad

Defenseman Ashton Sautner (265GP, 24G, 93A with Edmonton ”11-’15) has been recalled to the Vancouver Canucks taxi squad. Sautner had been in two games with the Manitoba Moose this season, not registering a point. He received a one-game call-up from the Canucks last season and spent 51 games with the Utica Comets scoring one goal and adding 11 assists. Sautner was a two-time Ed Chynoweth Cup champion as a member of the 2011-12 and 2013-14 Edmonton Oil Kings.

Jets re-claim Comrie

Goaltender Eric Comrie (168GP, 85-64-15, 2.67GAA, .916sv% with Tri-City ’11-’15) has been claimed on waivers by the Winnipeg Jets from the New Jersey Devils. It is the third time Comrie has been part of the Jets organization after being drafted by them in the second round of the 2013 NHL Draft. In one game with the Devils this season, Comrie was 0-0-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

Former WHLers on the move in Golden Knights organization

Goaltender Dylan Ferguson (155GP, 61-72-11, 3.04GAA, .908s% with Kamloops ’15-’19) is on his way to Vegas to join the Golden Knights from the Henderson Silver Knights while forward Gage Quinney (182GP, 53G, 66A with Prince Albert, Kelowna, and Kamloops ’12-’16 is headed to Henderson from Vegas. Quinney was a member of the 2014-15 Kelowna Rockets that went on to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup.

Geekie sent to Chicago

Forward Morgan Geekie (216GP, 78G, 124A with Tri-City ’13-’18) has been assigned to the Chicago Wolves by the Carolina Hurricanes. Geekie played nine games with the Hurricanes this season without registering a point. Last season in two NHL games he had three goals and an assist. While with the Charlotte Checkers last season, Geekie scored 22 goals and added 20 assists in 55 games. Geekie is a 2017 third-round selection of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Clague heads to Reign

Defenseman Kale Clague (195GP, 26G, 141A with Brandon and Moose Jaw ’13-’18) has been assigned to the Ontario Reign by the Los Angeles Kings. Clague had registered three assists in 11 games with the Kings this season and has played one game with the Reign this season. Clague won the Ed Chynoweth Cup with the Wheat Kings in 2015-16 and was selected in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.

Hrabik, Topping reassigned to Americans

The San Jose Barracuda announced that former WHLers Krystof Hrabik (105GP, 35G, 47A with Tri-City ’18-’20) and Kyle Topping (226GP, 71G, 125A with Kelowna ’16-’20) have been assigned to the Allen Americans. Topping played in two games with the Barracuda registering one goal. It is his first season of professional hockey. Hrabik had played in just one game with the Barracuda this season. Previously, he was loaned to HC Benatky nad Jizerou (Czech2) where he played 12 games, scoring six times and adding eight assists.

Belcourt commits to Red Deer College

Defenseman Konrad Belcourt (91GP, 2G, 3A with Kelowna and Prince Albert) has committed to the Red Deer College Kings for the 2021-22 season. Belcourt spent last season split between Prince Albert and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL). This season with the Oil Barons, Belcourt had one assist through four games. He was also named captain of the team.

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