Alexander moved to Edmonton
One of the players expected to be leaned on heavily for a young Swift Current Broncos squad has been moved out before the preseason even got going.
2001-born defenseman Jacson Alexander, who was an invite to Hockey Canada’s Hlinka Gretzky Cup camp, was traded on Tuesday along with d-man Chad Smithson and a sixth round pick in 2019 for 2001-born forward Matthew Culling, 2002-born defenseman Chase Lacombe, a second round pick in 2019 and a fourth round selection in 2020.
Alexander was a depth d-man for the Broncos last year when they won the WHL title. He joins fellow 2019 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Robertson on Edmonton’s blue line.
Smithson was a seventh round pick by Swift Current in 2016. He played last year with the Winnipeg Thrashers Midget AAA team, putting up 13 points in 41 games. He had not yet signed with Swift Current.
Culling was a 10th round pick in 2016 by Edmonton and played five games as a 16-year-old with them last year.
Lacombe was a fifth round pick in 2017 by Edmonton and had not yet signed with them. He played 42 games for the Moose Jaw Generals last year as a 15-year-old in the SMHL and put up two points.
Neely Cup starts
Training Camp 2018: Day 2 Recap
TNT played A LOT
— Portland Winterhawks (@pdxwinterhawks) August 22, 2018
Portland was the first team to get their veterans in action as their annual Neely up got started on Tuesday. Four teams named after former Winterhawks Todd Robinson, Marian Hossa, Andrew Ference and Brenden Morrow compete in the first of four days of competition.
In looking at the four Neely Cup rosters there were a few names that might be familiar to fans of other WHL teams.
Let’s take a look at the players at camp.
Signed players who have played at least one game in the WHL (19):
|Player||Position||Year||Neely Cup Team||Number|
|Cody Glass||Center||1999||Hossa (Blue)||8|
|Jaydon Dureau||Center||2001||Hossa (Blue)||12|
|Brendan De Jong||Defense||1998||Hossa (Blue)||21|
|Conor MacEachern||Forward||1998||Ference (Red)||4|
|Connor Barley||Forward||1998||Ference (Red)||18|
|Lukus MacKenzie||Forward||1999||Ference (Red)||25|
|Reece Newkirk||Center||2001||Ference (Red)||38|
|Matt Quigley||Defense||1999||Ference (Red)||5|
|Jared Freadrich||Defense||1998||Ference (Red)||27|
|Shane Farkas||Goalie||1999||Ference (Red)||1|
|Lane Gilliss||Forward||1999||Morrow (Grey)||9|
|Ty Kolle||Center||2000||Morrow (Grey)||17|
|Mason Mannek||RW||2000||Morrow (Grey)||26|
|Nick Cicek||Defense||2000||Morrow (Grey)||29|
|Clay Hanus||Defense||2001||Morrow (Grey)||58|
|Jake Gricius||Center||1999||Robinson (Black)||14|
|Ryan Hughes||LW||1999||Robinson (Black)||19|
|Seth Jarvis||Center||2002||Robinson (Black)||24|
|John Ludvig||Defense||2000||Robinson (Black)||15|
Signed players who have not played in either a WHL regular season or playoff game (12):
|Player||Position||Year||Neely Cup Team||Number|
|Kade Nolan||Defense||2001||Hossa (Blue)||2|
|Kurtis Smythe||Defense||2002||Hossa (Blue)||20|
|Lochlan Gordon||Goalie||2003||Hossa (Blue)||30|
|Gabe Klassen||Forward||2003||Ference (Red)||16|
|Dean Schwenninger||Forward||2001||Ference (Red)||28|
|Ryan Miley||Defense||2000||Ference (Red)||6|
|Michal Kvasnica||Forward||2000||Morrow (Grey)||7|
|Cross Hanas||Center||2002||Morrow (Grey)||22|
|Dante Giannuzzi||Goalie||2002||Morrow (Grey)||31|
|Robbie Fromm-Delorme||Forward||2002||Robinson (Black)||11|
|Nick Perna||Defense||2001||Robinson (Black)||23|
|Evan Fradette||Goalie||2001||Robinson (Black)||32|
The rest of the 49 players at camp are not signed. Of Portland’s 12 picks in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, all but phenom Chaz Lucius (he has already committed to the University of Minnesota) are present. Of the 11 who are in camp, Klassen and Gordon are the only ones signed so far.
Of their 13 picks they made in 2017, Jarvis, Hanas, Giannuzzi and Fromm-Delorme are signed. Of the other nine, forward Tyson Kozak (won a Bronze at the WHL Cup last year), d-man Ethan Edwards, forward Ethan Leyer and forward Jackson Nieuwendyk are present at camp. Ryan Helliwell, Aidan Thompson, Trey Tayor, Tyler Kleven and Chase Yoder are not at the camp.
Helliwell has committed to the University of Notre Dame, Thompson to the University of Denver, Kleven to the University of North Dakota and Taylor and Yoder have yet to make a commitment to an NCAA school.
Some notable invites that were not picks by Portland include Lucas Cullen, a 1999-born forward who played 51 games over several seasons with the Calgary Hitmen, 2001-born forward Austin Pick who is from Troutdale, Oregon, 2000-born forward Jackson Salt – a ninth round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft by the Lethbridge Hurricanes and 2000-born forward Haydn Delorme – a ninth round pick in that same draft by the Vancouver Giants.
Moose Jaw announces training camp roster
Warriors announced 2018 Training Camp Itinerary and Roster
— Moose Jaw Warriors (@MJWARRIORS) August 21, 2018
Of course Brody Willms was not on the list, but also missing was goalie Ryan Kubic, who was on their protected list at the beginning of the month.
Another overage goalie was invited, in now former Kelowna Rockets netminder Brodan Salmond.
Barrett Sheen was another notable overage candidate missing from the training camp roster. Salmond, forward Tristin Langan and d-man Brandon Schuldhaus were the only 1998-born players on the roster.
Connor Pyne was another notable player invited. The 2000-born forward was originally a third round pick by the Seattle Thunderbirds back in 2015.
Links and notes:
Saddened to hear that Annie Fowler @TCHIceQueen won't be covering the Tri-City Americans any more. A wealth of knowledge and always great to deal with whenever I had a TC related question. Another blow to WHL coverage, unfortunately.
— Matthew Gourlie (@MattGourlie) August 22, 2018