Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Breaking Down A Blockbuster

It's easy to see that the Carter Ashton trade from Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club to The Regina Pats Official Page set off a firestorm of deals over a few weeks in 2010-2011. That blockbuster set the stage and frankly, the asking price, for big-time deals that saw Brayden Schenn pack his bags for Saskatoon from Brandon, while Cody Eakin went from Swift Current to Kootenay. We might break down those trades later, but let's focus on the Ashton deal for now. At the time, the deal was Ashton, Craig Orfino and a 3rd rounder in 2010, for Graham Hood, Taylor Balog, a 2nd in 2010 and a 1st in 2011. And you probably won't be surprised to hear that we're still feeling the ramifications of that deal.

LISTEN: Episode #23 of Canes This Week You can wash out Orfino, Hood and Balog, as they weren't involved in any future deals with their respective teams. Ashton was traded to Tri-City for Nils Moser, Tanner Olstad, a 1st in 2011, as well as a 2nd and 5th rounder in 2012. Those picks turned into Miles Warkentine, who ended up bouncing around the WHL and was actually traded to Lethbridge at one point for Kolten Olynek. The other picks turned into Aaron Boyd, who is still in Prince George, and Ryley Zimmer, who was eventually traded to Moose Jaw. The 3rd rounder in 2010, meantime, turned into Kyle Burroughs. He would eventually get sent to Medicine Hat with Dryden Hunt for Connor Hobbs, a 3rd in 2015 and a 2nd in 2016. Hobbs is playing very well with the beefed-up Pats now, while those picks turned into Bryan Lockner and Cole Muir. Lockner's playing a spot role with the Pats right now while Muir is still in Midget AAA. Over to the Hurricanes side and the draft picks involved in the Ashton deal didn't turn out bad themselves, albeit with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The 2nd in 2010 was Macoy Erkamps, future captain of the Wheaties. He was sent to Brandon from the Canes in that massive deal involving Reid Duke and Tak Anholt for Kord Pankiewicz, Brett Kitt and Riley Lindgren. Only Lindgren is giving the Hurricanes some future return, as he was sent to Swift Current with a pick for Carson Dyck and a pick (that sounded weird, didn't it?) in 2018. That 1st in 2011 turned into Ryan Pilon, who we all know was also sent to Brandon with Colt Conrad for Nick Walters, Taylor Cooper and Tanner Browne. The only interesting player here was Cooper, who was eventually sent to Regina for Brady Reagan. Reagan, of course, was sent packing to Calgary earlier this year for a 4th round pick in the 2017 bantam draft. So yeah, it's been more than six years since Carter Ashton was sent packing to Regina, but the Hurricanes, in a roundabout way, still have some dominoes to fall when all is said and done, including draft picks in 2017 and 2018.

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