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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

PATS ACQUIRE FLEURY FROM KOOTENAY

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The Regina Pats Hockey Club has acquired Montreal Canadiens prospect defenceman Cale Fleury from the Kootenay ICE.

In exchange, the Pats send 18-year-old defenceman Jonathan Smart, 16-year-old forward Cole Muir, a 2nd round pick in 2018, a 6th round pick in 2018 and a conditional pick in 2019 or 2020 to the ICE. The 2018 2nd round pick was acquired from the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Jordan Hollett trade and the 6th round pick was originally from Kootenay for goaltender Kurtis Chapman.

“We are excited to add Cale to our team,” said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. “He is a high end defenceman and will fit nicely with our group.”

Fleury, drafted 87th overall in the third round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, has scored six goals and has 10 points through 17 games this season. For his career, Fleury has played in 218 games, scoring 26 goals and 86 points.

Originally a fourth round bantam draft pick, the Calgary product represented Team Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2014.

Jonathan Smart, acquired by the Pats from the Kelowna Rockets in 2016, had put up 12 points in 21 games to start the year in Regina.

Cole Muir, a second round pick in 2016, has one assist in 12 games so far in 2017-18.

“We would like to thank Jonathan and Cole for their contributions to our team,” said Paddock. “We wish them all the best in Kootenay with the ICE.”

The Pats are back in action on Wednesday night at home to the Calgary Hitmen. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office or stop by any Regina Safeway to get Safeway Fun Zone tickets for just $13.

(Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Whoa!!! They gave up a lot for that one guy........wonder what Whippler thinks????

Anonymous said...

Nice move Paddock, should help shore up the D which is one of the weaker spots on this team.

Anonymous said...

Once u add Austin Wagner back and Carter Hart this team will be deadly. At least able to compete for a championship. That's all u can ask.

Anonymous said...

Holy crap!! selling the farm already!! panic mode in Patsland.

william weppler said...

Always been a supporter of John Paddock since he was hired by the new Mgmt Group so never doubted what he did, or what he will do in the future to build a contender for the true Pats fans. If you take the time to listen to his interview about the trade all I will say is "I rest my case".
The Warriors, Broncos, and other WHL Teams thinking about making a run for the Memorial Cup have all the pressure on them. The great advantage the Pats have is they are already "in the show" whereas all the WHL Memorial Cup wannabees have NO guarantee whatsoever that "selling the farm" will get them there. If they make the decision to go for it and aren't successful in navigating the very, very tough WHL playoff run where does that leave them for the next 2-3 years? Can some franchise take that hit and survive? The Broncos come to mind... can they make a run for it with 1 forward line that is 90% of their offense...I think not, so they have to add a lot of talent just to have a chance. The "sellers" have all the advantage in the trades while the "buyers" are putting possibly the future of a franchise on the line.
One thing for sure the next couple of months up to trade deadline is going to be fun!

Anonymous said...

A "Smart" trade, for sure!

Anonymous said...

The broncos just a one forward line team? Wow not giving their d men or their goalie much credit.

Anonymous said...

Can Pats make a run for it with no goaltending?

WHL fan said...

Brown is not the problem. He faced over 40 shots Sunday. He has a save percentage over .900 which is good. Look it brown can’t score , it’s that simple. The pats need to score more. They scored one goal Sunday how many Friday??? If it wasn’t for brown it would have been a blow out in Moose Jaw and Moose Jaw was missing a lot of players. A men cup team needs a shut down goalie, but they need a team in front of him. Bradly is ur only player in the top 20 WHL scorers. Where’s steel??? All contending teams have 2-3 players in the top 20 scoring. That’s depth.

Anonymous said...

Brown is way to money when it counts, but if he goes down you need a solid backup. Paddock has been good but if he had to play in the Memorial Cup could he give the boys a chance to win? Tough call cause maybe he steps up.... plus he's family to JP.......I think you keep the tenders who will only get better with guys like Fleury and whomever else they pick up. JP aint done, not by a long shot.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic trade. Now like above poster said, get someone like Carter Hart and even if it means getting rid of a budding star like leschyshyn

Anonymous said...

IN:
Fleury
Wagner
Yost
Bean
Malenstyn
Hart

OUT:
Smart
Muir
Brown
Lockner
Williams
Kjemhus
Robins
Smilanic
Pryhitka
Lots of picks

Anonymous said...

Now it's time to get some size, grit, and toughness. Last playoffs the Pats got smashed around which resulted in a bunch of needless injuries. It was probably the cause of their demise, along with a lack of depth. Both Swift and MJ have been bulking up a lot, but the Pats once again haven't been matching them. Maybe look at Riley McKay. The Pats have become and easy and soft team to play against so the need for size and toughness is paramount.

IF it takes a significant asset, the Pats needs to look hard at Carter Hart. Brown is adequate but not elite. He still gives a bad goal a game. You can't do that in playoffs or the Memorial Cup. Goaltending, defence, and special teams are everything in playoffs. This opportunity will never c0ome again so Pats had better go all in.