COUNTDOWN TO DEADLINE
(WHL trade deadline: Thursday, Jan. 10, 3 p.m. MT)
No. of trades: 3.
Bantam draft picks: 4.
Conditional draft picks: 0.
Total deals (since Nov. 26):
No. of trades: 28.
Bantam draft picks: 44.
Conditional draft picks: 10.
(Note: On Nov. 30, Kelowna traded F Jack Cowell, 19, to Kootenay for a third-round selection in the 2020 bantam draft. Cowell chose not to report and the deal was voided, so isn’t included in these totals.)
The Kootenay Ice made another trade on Friday, acquiring F Cyle McNabb, 18, from the Vancouver Giants for D Dallas Hines, 20.
Any guesses as to McNabb’s hometown? Hey, no peeking. Yes, he’s from Winnipeg. (It is anticipated that the Ice will relocate to Winnipeg following this season; management has been adding Manitoba-born players in recent trades.)
McNabb is a list player who signed with the Giants in March 2017. This season, he had a goal and two assists in 34 games with Vancouver. In 95 career games, he has two goals and nine assists.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Hines, from Marwayne, Alta., played 221 regular-season games with the Ice, putting up 16 goals and 52 assists. This season, Hines, who was an alternate captain, has four goals and 12 assists in 36 games.
The Ice selected Hines in the fifth round of the 2013 WHL bantam draft.
The Giants now have four 20-year-olds on their roster, with Hines joining F Davis Koch, F Jared Dmytriw and D Matt Barberis. However, Barberis has played in only nine games this season, the last one on Nov. 18. Should he come back from injury, the Giants would have a week to get down to three 20s.
Hines’ departure from the Ice leaves it with two 20s — F Jaeger White and Slovakian D Martin Bodak.
McNabb made his Chutney debut on Friday night against the host Medicine Hat Tigers, while Hines as in the Giants’ lineup when they played the Hurricanes in Lethbridge.
F Jadon Joseph found himself on the move on Friday for the second time in 35 days.
The Vancouver Giants acquired Joseph, 19, from the Regina Pats for two WHL bantam draft selections — a second-rounder in 2019 and a sixth-rounder in 2020.
While the Giants add an experience forward to their mix, the Pats, who made three trades on Thursday, continue to stockpile draft picks.
“While it’s always tough to trade away a good player,” Regina general manager John Paddock said, “the draft picks coming back in the deal are important for the future of our hockey team.”
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Joseph, from Sherwood Park, Alta., was a fifth-round pick by the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the 2014 bantam draft. They dealt him to the Pats on Nov. 29 in a deal that had F Jake Leschyshyn and F Nick Henry join the Hurricanes. Regina also acquired F Ty Kolle, five bantam picks and two conditional bantam picks in the deal.
Joseph had two goals and four assists in 13 games with the Pats, after putting up 10 goals and nine assists in 23 games with Lethbridge this season. In 157 career regular-season games, he has 24 goals and 48 assists.
Joseph was in Vancouver’s lineup on Friday night as the Giants visited the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
It took more than two months, but F Henry Rybinski finally got his wish.
Rybinski, 17, had asked the Medicine Hat Tigers for a trade in late October, then went home to Vancouver to wait. On Friday, the Tigers dealt him to the Seattle Thunderbirds for D Aidan Brook, 15, and two WHL bantam draft picks — a second-round selection in 2019 and a third in 2020.
The Thunderbirds held three second-round picks in the 2019 draft — their own, one that originated with the Regina Pats (Seattle got it in a deal for D Aaron Hyman on Jan. 10), and one that was acquired from the Everett Silvertips in Tuesday’s deal for F Zack Andrusiak. The Tigers will get the best of those selections.
Rybinski is expected to join the Thunderbirds on their six-game East Division trip that opened Friday night in Brandon.
The Tigers selected Rybinski in the second round of the 2016 bantam draft. In 77 regular-season games over two seasons, he had four goals and 13 assists.
When Rybinski asked out, Shaun Clouston, the Tigers’ general manager and head coach, explained that “Henry, his agent and family let us know that they were looking for increased ice time and a top-two centreman role for Henry on our team.”
Rybinski is represented by Rich Evans of Points West Sports and Entertainment.
Clouston said that Rybinski wasn’t about to be moved up the depth chart ahead of either James Hamblin or Ryan Chyzowski, the team’s top centres.
This season, Rybinski had a goal and four assists in 14 games with the Tigers. After leaving Medicine Hat, he played nine games with the BCHL’s Coquitlam Express, scoring once and adding 11 assists.
The 6-foot-2, 160-pound Brook, from Roblin, Man., hasn’t signed a WHL contract. He is the younger brother of D Josh Brook, 19, who captains the Moose Jaw Warriors and F Jakob Brook, 16, a freshman with the Prince Albert Raiders.
Seattle selected Aidan in the fourth round of the 2018 bantam draft. He has one goal and 19 assists in 25 games with the Rink Hockey Academy Elite 15s in Winnipeg this season.