WHEELING AND DEALING …
NUMBER OF TRADES (since Nov. 13): 26
BANTAM DRAFT PICKS: 34
CONDITONAL BANTAM DRAFT PICKS: 5
THE DEADLINE: Wednesday, Jan. 10 (2 p.m. PT, 3 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. CT)
THE DEAL: The Everett Silvertips acquired F Garrett Pilon, 19, and D Ondrej Vala, 19, from the Kamloops Blazers for F Orrin Centazzo, 17, D Montana Onyebuchi, 17, F Kalen Ukrainetz, 15, F Nathanael Hinds, 15, and first- and fourth-round selections in the 2019 bantam draft.
THE NUMBERS: Pilon, 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, led the Blazers in goals (17), assists (25) and points (42) in 38 games this season. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder has 177 points, including 53 goals, in 177 career regular-season games. . . . This season, Vala, 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, has seven goals and 13 assists in 31 games. In 163 career games, he has recorded 21 goals and 45 assists. . . . The 5-foot-8, 160-pound Centazzo has six goals and five assists in 40 games this season. In 81 career games, he has 10 goals and 10 assists. . . . Onyebuchi, 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, is a right-hand shot who has three goals and seven assists in 38 games this season. . . . The 5-foot-9, 150-pound Ukrainetz is playing for the Tisdale Trojans of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League. He has 11 goals and 10 assists in 29 games this season. . . . The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Hinds has seven goals and 15 assists in 28 games with the midget AAA Winnipeg Bruins this season.
THE INFO: Pilon is the son of former WHL/NHL D Rich Pilon. Garrett, an alternate captain with Kamloops, was selected by the Washington Capitals in the third round of the 2016 NHL draft and has signed with them. He was born in Mineola, N.Y., and played minor hockey in Saskatoon. . . . Vala, who is from Pardubice, Czech Republic, is in his third WHL season. He has just returned from representing his country at the World Junior Championship in Buffalo. He also played for Czech Republic in the 2017 WJC. Vala wasn’t selected in the NHL draft, but has signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars. . . . Centazzo, from Marwayne, Alta., played bantam and midget hockey in Lloydminster, Alta. He was a fifth-round pick by Everett in the 2015 bantam draft. . . . Onyebuchi, from Dugald, Man., was selected by Everett in the third round of the WHL’s 2015 bantam draft. . . . From Wynyard, Sask., Ukrainetz was selected by Everett in the ninth round of the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft. In 2016-17, he had 26 goals and 24 assists in 30 games with the bantam AA Humboldt, Sask., Broncos. . . . Hinds, from Winnipeg, was a third-round pick by Everett in that same draft. The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder has seven goals and 15 assists in 28 games with the midget AAA Winnipeg Bruins this season. Last season, Hinds put up 24 goals and 31 assists with the bantam AAA Winnipeg Warriors.
WHY: Everett, with the best goaltender in junior hockey in Carter Hart on its roster, is in the race for top spot in the Western Conference and hopes this gives it a leg up on the likes of the Kelowna Rockets, Portland Winterhawks and Tri-City Americans, the latter of whom added all-star D Jake Bean from the Calgary Hitmen on Saturday night. . . . Pilon is an under-appreciated player who plays both ends of the ice. Everett also had an opening for an import, so Vala joins Slovakian F Martin Fasko-Rudas, who is in his first season. . . . The Blazers have said that they will bid to be the host team for the 2020 Memorial Cup. This is the first step towards gathering assets that will allow them to build a competitive team for 1919-20.