Friday, 2 January 2015

Klimchuk Acquired by Wheat Kings

The Wheat Kings acquired Morgan Klimchuk on Friday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings have acquired one of the Western Hockey League’s top forwards in a 1-for-1 trade with the Regina Pats.

  The Wheat Kings pick up Calgary Flames’ 2013 first round pick Morgan Klimchuk in exchange for 17-year old forward Jesse Gabrielle.

  "A proven offensive guy and the thing that's impressive for me is the development of his overall game in his time in the league," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "I think he's now one of the best penalty-killers in the league, he's a versatile player that can play either right or left wing.  Just a great addition for our hockey club."
  Klimchuk was the 28th overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft and has had back-to-back 30-goal seasons with the Pats.
  This year, the 19-year old has 14 goals and 30 points in 27 games.

  "He's going to make us better in every situation," added McCrimmon, "I think we've really liked our forward group all year, I think it's as good as anyones, and I think this improves it again."
  Gabrielle was in his second season with the Wheat Kings and had 13 goals and 25 points in 33 games this year.

  The facy the Wheat Kings would trade a youthful piece probably caught some off-guard, but McCrimmon feels the club's timeframe doesn't necessarily have to be about the future.

 "A lot of people refer to our team as a team built for next year but, at the same time, it's January 2nd and we've lost seven games," said McCrimmon, "I think we have to be mindful that we should have high goals for our team this year."
  Klimchuk is expected to arrive in Brandon Friday afternoon and make his Wheat Kings’ debut Saturday night when Brandon hosts the Calgary Hitmen (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

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