Thursday, 3 March 2011

Nikkel Getting Taste of Wheat Kings' Land

Ayrton Nikkel is getting a taste of what it's like to be a Brandon Wheat King this week.

The 15-year old prospect has skated with the team the last three days as he gets to know the organization and the city.

"It's good to get used to everything before I come next year and, hopefully, make the squad," said Nikkel after practice on Tuesday, "I think it's a good test to see if I can keep up with the guys."

The 6-foot-0, 175 pounnd defenceman was one of the key compenents in the Brayden Schenn deal with Saskatoon on January 10th after being the Blades' second round pick, 42nd overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

"At first I was a little shocked but I figured out it was a pretty good trade for me," said Nikkel, "Brandon is a good town and a pretty good team, good group of guys and Kelly's a good coach and they have a good coaching staff so it'll be good."

Nikkel helped Team B.C. win gold at last month's Canada Winter Games and also have a good year with his hometown Pursuit of Excellence team in Kelowna, scoring 13 goals and 41 points in 52 games.

Nikkel is expected to spend the rest of the week with the Wheat Kings but it's not known if he'll see any game action.

In addition to Nikkel, the Wheat Kings are received 15-year old forward Tim McGauley from the Blades only with four draft picks -- first round selections in 2011 and 2012, a second round pick in 2011 (originally belonging to Prince George) and Saskatoon's first round pick in the 2012 CHL Import Draft.

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