|Mitchell Wheaton (left) and Schael Higson are now|
members of the Brandon Wheat Kings
The club sent holdout defenceman Colton Waltz and 18-year old forward Braylon Shmyr to the Blades for a pair of defencemen in 20-year old Mitchell Wheaton and 17-year old Schael Higson.
The Wheat Kings also receive a second round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
"We needed to add to our defence core and improve our team on the backend. I think what's become real apparent is a real scarcity of defencemen that are available," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "This was a deal that allowed us to add two guys back that have played real significant roles in Saskatoon. I think they'll compliment the group that we have already in place."
Waltz was in his fourth season with Brandon but did not return from the Christmas break and requested a trade while Shmyr is in his third season with Brandon and has eight goals and 16 points in 28 games this season.
Wheaton was in his first season with the Blades after three years with the Kelowna Rockets, though he missed most of last season because of shoulder surgery while Higson was in his second year with Saskatoon.
The 6-foot-5, 225 pound Wheaton has ten points in 38 games this season while the 6-foot-0, 210 pound Higson has three goals and five points in 32 contests this year.
"Higson is a 17-year old defenceman that's played a lot there...he's been on their second pair all year," added McCrimmon, "Mitchell Wheaton is a guy that played his career in Kelowna prior to be traded to Saskatoon this off-season. I think he is really highly regarded as a person, and is a steady defender is what you would expect from him."
Both newcomers are expected to make their Wheat Kings' debuts Friday when Brandon hosts Prince Albert.