Four teams involved in three WHL trades . . . Four players, draft picks on move


THE DEAL: The Victoria Royals acquired F Jeff de Wit, 19, from the Kootenay Ice for a sixth-round selection in the WHL’s 2019 bantam draft.

THE NUMBERS: De Wit has three goals and three assists in 22 games this season, split VictoriaRoyalsbetween the Regina Pats and Kootenay. He didn’t play for the Ice between Oct. 27 and Nov. 29 due to an undisclosed injury. . . . In 2016-17, he had nine goals and seven assists as he split 66 games between Regina and the Red Deer Rebels. . . . . . . De Wit, who is from Red Deer, has regular-season totals of 22 goals and 35 assists in 57 games. The Rebels selected him in the first round of the 2015 bantam draft.

THE INFO: De Wit joins his third WHL team this season. He started the  season with Regina. . . . On Jan. 10, the Rebels dealt de Wit, D Josh Mahura and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 bantam draft to Regina for F Lane Zablocki, D Dawson Barteaux, a first-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft, a conditional first-rounder in 2018 or 2019, and a conditional third-rounder in 2020. . . . On Oct. 10, the Pats dealt de Wit to the Ice for F Tanner Sidaway and a 2018 seventh-round pick.

WHY: The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder will add some size and grit to Victoria’s lineup, one that up to now has been dominated by smaller forwards. . . . The rebuilding Ice acquires a future draft pick and frees up playing time for younger forwards.

THE DEAL: The Regina Pats acquired F Jaret Legien, 19, from the Victoria Royals for F Braydon Buziak, who turns 20 on Jan. 24, and a conditional 2018 seventh-round bantam draft pick.

THE NUMBERS: Legien had 13 goals and 20 assists in 36 games in his first season with ReginaPats100the Royals. In 120 regular-season games, split between the Kootenay Ice and Victoria, he has 17 goals and 25 assists. . . . In 32 games with the Pats, Buziak has two goals and five assists. In 87 regular-season games, he has 13 goals and nine assists.

THE INFO: Legien is from Pilot Butte, which is just outside of Regina. Kootenay selected him with the ninth overall pick of the 2013 bantam draft. But he managed only four goals and five assists in 84 games with the Ice and he was dropped from their protected list. The Royals added him and he gave them almost a point per game, although he had only two assists in his past seven games. . . . Buziak, from North Battleford, Sask., is a list player who was signed by the Pats from the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars.

WHY: The Pats, the host team for the 2018 Memorial Cup, are looking for scoring and also won’t mind stirring up the mix in their dressing room after a poor first half. Legien, 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, should provide some offence. . . . In Victoria, Legien’s playing time was likely to lessen following the acquisition of F Noah Gregor from Moose Jaw earlier in the month. . . .  With the acquisition of Buziak and, earlier in the day, F Jeff de Wit, it’s apparent that the Royals are trying to change their personality, at least a bit. Buziak, 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, will bring a physical game up front, as will de Wit. That is something the Royals have been lacking.

THE DEAL: The Kootenay Ice acquired F Brad Ginnell, 17, from the Portland Winterhawks for a second-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft and a third-rounder in 2019.

THE NUMBERS: Ginnell was in his second season with Portland. This season, he has five Kootenaynewgoals and six assists in 25 games. In 76 career games, he has 11 goals and 10 assists.

THE INFO: Ginnell was a fifth-round pick by the Winterhawks in the 2015 bantam draft. He is the son of former WHL F Erin Ginnell, who now scouts for the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. Brad’s paternal grandfather was the late Pat Ginnell, who is something of a WHL coaching legend. Brad was the  Alberta Major Midget Hockey League’s top forward and MVP in 2015-16 when he put up 80 points, 40 of them goals, in 35 games with the CRAA Blue team in his hometown of Calgary.

WHY: The Ice adds a promising young forward to its roster, one who would appear to have a solid offensive upside. He also will get more playing time with Kootenay than he was in Portland. . . . As for the Winterhawks, they get two prime assets that might be used between now and Jan. 10, perhaps to acquire a high-end defenceman, or kept in the bank.


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