Monday, 10 January 2011

Wheat Kings Get Prospects, Picks from Blades

The Brandon Wheat Kings' haul from the Saskatooon Blades in exchange for all-star centre Brayden Schenn is significant.

How significant will be determined over the next few seasons.

The Wheat Kings acquired the Blades top two picks from the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft in forward Tim McGauley (20th overall) and defenceman Ayrton Nikkel (42nd overall).

The 5-foot-10, 150 pound McGauley (right) is described as a smallist forward with tremendous offensive skill. He's a good skater with good visions and makes a lot of plays with the puck.

The 15-year old product of Wilcox, Saskatchewan has seven goals and 13 points in 30 games with the Regina Pat Canadians of the Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League this season.

Nikkel (left) is a 6-foot-0, 175 pound defenceman and is described as a good skater who competes extremely hard, plays real physical, and makes smart, simple decisions with the puck.

Nikkel, a Kelowna B.C. product, is currently with the Pursuit of Excellence Midget program in Kelowna, where he was 10 goals and 30 points in 33 games this season.

“This trade is a very important trade for our franchise,” said Wheat Kings’ coach and general manager Kelly McCrimmon in a press released. “We felt that it was important to recover from some of the moves we made to build our team for last season’s Memorial Cup. When we were awarded the Cup in October 2008, we felt then that it might be a three year process with today’s move being part of that process.”

Both McGauley (5 GP, 0 points, -3, 2 PIM) and Nikkel (1 GP, 0 points, 0 +/-, 0 PIM) have seen action with the Blades this season.

In addition to the two prospects, the Wheat Kings are also receiving first round picks in the 2011 and 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, a second round pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft and the Blades' first round pick in the 2012 CHL Import Draft.

“Acquiring picks and prospects that include three first round bantam draft selections, and two second round picks, along with a 1st round Import draft choice was a return we could not afford to ignore,” McCrimmon went on to say.

“Brayden is one of the finest players and people to ever wear our uniform,” says McCrimmon. “It was an honour to have him in our organization. We wish him the best.”

The deal also sees Brandon surrender a third round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.


Sparky said...

great trade, I always thought Schenn's head was too big for Brandon, this gives Scott a chance to cast his own shadow...

Anonymous said...

Even as a Blades fan, the Wheatkings should LOVE this deal.