Thursday, 16 August 2012

Wheat Kings Acquire Yaworski from Raiders

Tyler Yaworski is now a Wheat King
The Brandon Wheat Kings have acquired 20-year old defenceman Tyler Yaworski from the Prince Albert Raiders for a fifth round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 200 pound Yakworski had three goals, 20 points and 188 penalty minutes in 71 games with the Raiders last season.

"Tyler is a player that has improved quite a bit during his time in the league and, last year, I thought he did a real good job for PA. He's a big, strong guy and is a difficult guy to play against," says Brandon GM Kelly McCrimmon, "He adds a little different dimension to our back-end than what we currently had so I think he'll be an important addition to our hockey club."

Yaworski joins Ryley Miller and Dominck Favreau as 20-year olds on the Wheat Kings' roster.

With the Wheat Kings losing six of their top seven scoring forwards from last season, the natural assumption was that the club would try to fell a 20-year old spot with an experienced forward.

However, McCrimmon feels acquiring Yaworski makes sense for his young group of forwards.

"The one thing that we accept, we know and we are okay with is the fact that we're going to young up front and I think that's part of the motivation for acquiring Yaworski is just the toughness he provides our team," said McCrimmon, "With a young group up front, we wanted to make sure guys were comfortable so even though Tyler is a defenceman, we think it's going to help our forwards have some room and develop as players."

Meanwhile, defenceman Dylan Kuczek will not be back with the Wheat Kings this season.

Kuczek informed the team he would not be back and when I talked to him today, he indicated he'd lost the desire to play the game and wouldn't be lacing up the skates anywhere this coming season.

"Disappointing any time a player chooses not to return. Dylan has had a tough time with some of the injuries he's had and his training on top of that. It was decision he made that he felt he wanted to move on to other things," said McCrimmon, "It's unfortunate, we drafted Dylan and looked forward to him remaining in our organization but, at the same time, players make those decisions and you have to respect them and wish them the best."

The 18-year old Kuczek, who was a second round pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, saw action in 33 games with Brandon last season and scored one goal and two points.

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