Friday, 31 March 2017

TRADE TREE: The Roadmap of John Lammers to Jadon Joseph

If one thing's for certain, it's that WHL teams trade fifth-round bantam draft picks like they're Oprah giving away free cars on her show. And nowhere is that more prevalent than with this latest trade tree, which I think might classify as one of the longest I could find that involves the Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club. It all starts in 2001, when the Hurricanes walked up to the podium to use their own third-round pick to select John Lammers. He spent more than three seasons with the Hurricanes, but was traded ahead of the 2005-2006 season to Everett Silvertips Hockey Club. And that set in motion a bunch of dominos that is still affecting the Hurricanes to this day. As I always say, buckle up kids because this one's a fun ride.

LISTEN: Episode #32 of Canes This Week That Hurricanes-Silvertips trade saw Lammers and a fourth-round pick in '06 sent to Everett for Curtis Billston, Keegan Bourelle and a fifth-round pick in '06. That fifth-rounder, 97th overall, was used by the Hurricanes to select Brennan Yadlowski. He, like Lammers, spent more than three seasons with the Hurricanes, before an interesting twist of fate, as he was essentially sent back to Everett for a couple of draft picks. One was a second-rounder in 2011, who the Hurricanes used to pick Carter Amson. The other was a fifth-rounder in 2012. The thing with the fifth-round in 2012 was that the Hurricanes seemingly had their pawprints all over that round. Their actual pick in that round was 94th overall, which was traded to The Regina Pats Official Page for Damien Ketlo. Who did Regina pick up? Austin Wagner, the LA Kings prospect who has had himself a heck of a run with the Pats. The Hurricanes also acquired the 103rd overall pick from The Official Vancouver Giants Page in the Mark Reners deal, which they used to select Kade Jensen. Back to that fifth-rounder picked up in the Yadlowski deal. The Hurricanes packaged that pick up in October 2011 with Reid Jackson to grab Nick Buonassisi from Prince George Cougars Hockey Club. The Cougars did keep that pick, and selected Ethan Waitzner. The key cog here becomes Buonassisi, who didn't spend a lot of time in Lethbridge before he was shipped off to Brandon Wheat Kings Hockey Club (WHL) for, yes, a fifth-round pick in 2014. That pick was the 98th overall selection. Lethbridge kept that pick and they finally got to see him in action this year, picking up 15 points in 68 games. Yes, that pick was Jadon Joseph.

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