Sunday, 10 January 2016

One Minor Move for Wheat Kings at Deadline

Jaeger White
  The Brandon Wheat Kings made one minor move prior to Sunday's Western Hockey League trade deadline.

  The club acquired 17-year old forward Jaeger White from Everett for a conditional sixth round pick in the 2017 Bantam Draft.

  The move is a depth one for Brandon, and not the major deal that some Wheat Kings' fans have become accustomed to at the deadline.

  "In terms of bigger deals and working to improve our team that way, we worked real hard on a lot of different deals and it was a case where nothing came together," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "The net result is we march forward with our existing group."

  The existing group has compiled a 26-12-2-2 through 42 games this season and has the Wheat Kings in first-place in the East Division, in third-place in the Eastern Conference and fourth overall in the WHL standings.

  And McCrimmon feels they have room for improvement over the final two months of the regular season.

  "I think this year's team has lots of growth still, just based on getting our full lineup playing time together and that type of thing," said McCrimmon, "That'll be our focus now, trying to improve our team as much as we can through the remaining part of the regular season and then, obviously, into playoffs."

  The Wheat Kings roster now sits at 24 players -- 14 forwards, eight defencemen and two goaltenders.

  White could be interesting acquisitition for Brandon.

  A fourth round pick of Lethbridge in the 2013 Bantam Draft, White put up impressive numbers in minor hockey including 72 goals and 165 points in 58 games during his draft year (2012-2013) with the Burnaby Winter Club.

  After scoring 12 goals and 29 points in 29 games with Medicine Hat in the Alberta Midget Hockey League in 2013-2014, the 5-foot-10, 172 pound White scored four goals and 12 points in 40 games with Lethbridge as a 16-year old rookie in 2014-2015.

  He had one goal and three points in 23 games with the Hurricanes this year before being dealt to Everett on December 10th.

  He was pointless in three games with the Silvertips and had been a healthy scratch for Everett for their last eight contests.

  Brandon's next game is Friday when they host the Red Deer Rebels (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Here's the summary of the nine deals that did take place ahead of the WHL trade deadline on Sunday...

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