Realty One



Thursday, January 10, 2013


Brandon, MB. – The Brandon Wheat Kings and Everett Silvertips have completed a deal on this, the Western Hockey League's Trade Deadline Day.

The Wheat Kings have acquired 18-year old defenceman Nick Walters and the playing rights to Yellowhead Chiefs forward Taylor Sanheim in exchange for 17-year old blueliner Ayrton Nikkel and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

Walters could be in the Brandon lineup Friday night when the Wheat Kings travel to Moose Jaw to meet the Warriors. Brandon's next home game is Saturday night against the visiting Regina Pats at Westman Communications Group Place.

Brandon, MB. – The Brandon Wheat Kings have announced that they have moved one of their two imports to the Spokane Chiefs in a deal that comes hours before today’s 4pm CST Western Hockey League Trade Deadline.

In exchange for 19-year old Swiss left-winger Alessio Bertaggia, the Wheat Kings receive a third and fifth round selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, 19-year old Czech right-winger Marek Kalus and the playing rights to 16-year old left-winger Rhett Gardiner of the Moose Jaw AAA Midget Generals.

The 6’1” 180 lb. Kalus has four assists in eleven games with the Chiefs this season but is coming off a year that saw him score twenty goals and 42 points in 68 games. In 101 career WHL games, the former first round pick in the 2010 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft has 54 points, including 24 goals.

A former second round bantam draft choice (41st overall) by the Chiefs in 2011, the 6’2” 180 lb Gardiner currently has fifteen goals and 31 points in 20 games for the Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League’s Generals. Gardiner was a recent teammate of Brandon’s Jayce Hawryluk on Team Western at the World Under 17 Challenge in Drummondville, Quebec.

Bertaggia meanwhile leaves the Wheat Kings as the WHL club’s leading scorer. Brandon’s first round selection in the 2011 CHL Import Draft, the Swiss scoring star has sixteen goals and 34 points in thirty games this year and in 94 career WHL games, he has 40 goals and 84 points.


Anonymous said...

This is an interesting trade by arguably the best GM in the league.
He sends a good young d-man he got from Saskatoon and a 6th round pick for a high end, NHL drafted d-man and a point per game 16 year old midget AAA kid. This kid will probably be called up this season for some rediness for next year. Walters will be a rock on his back end next year with Pulock and Roy. Brilliant trade.

McCrimmon thinks long term and really gets it. He was not afraid to move a young asset in order to strengthen his team down the road. That is something we rarely do. Possibly because we have so few young assets to deal.

This trade is an example of a good GM who is stocpiling to have a great season next. Not a rebuild but a reload.

Anonymous said...

I sure wish the Pats made deals like this. Thinking of the future every trade deadline I still get mad about how much the Pats could of got for Eberle and Tuebert.

The Pats could be one of the elite teams from all the players they would of got in the trade.

Anonymous said...

Brandon is getting lots for slightly above average players. Clearly McCrimmon is bettering his club big time. When you think of Eberle, Tuebert, Weal and others; its really sad at how little we got for them.

Brandon recognized they needed a season to rebuild and they are doing it. They may even have a shot at the first overall pick in the Bantam Draft. They will be ready to be a powerhouse again as realy as next year. Wow! Great management.

Anonymous said...

Pat's trade Colton Mayor to Hitmen