Monday, 24 April 2017

TRADE TREE: Follow The Bouncing Draft Pick

Every so often, I get sidetracked and start working on something I shouldn't. I had all the best intentions in the world when it came to preparing this week's blog. And we'll be saving it for Friday. That one will be Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club-related. This one isn't. But it's still extremely interesting as it might be one of the weirder trade trees I've worked on to this point. And it all started because I saw a recognizable name in the WHL Bantam Draft in 2012. We'll get to that one in a second.

LISTEN: Episode #36 of Canes This Week But let's start at the Import Draft in 2012. The Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club wanted to move up, so they made a deal with the Prince George Cougars Hockey Club. The Blades grabbed goaltender Andrey Makarov. The Cougars chose Marko Dano, who never stepped foot in the WHL, but went on to play in the NHL. There was another draft choice involved in that. It was Saskatoon's 3rd round bantam pick, which the Cougars wanted in hopes of making the move up worth something. As it turns out, the Cougars didn't want that pick for very long. Because at the bantam draft, they had another massive deal in mind. It was a two-player, four draft pick move with the Everett Silvertips Hockey Club. The Cougars received Jari Ericsson, a 1st rounder in 2012 and a conditional 4th rounder. The 1st rounder turned into Brad Morrison while it appears the conditional 4th rounder didn't trade hands. The Silvertips acquired the rights to Juhjar Khaira, a 1st rounder in 2012 and, yes, that 3rd rounder. That 1st rounder turned into Kevin Davis. Where have I heard that name before? Wait a second, that's the deal involved in the breakdown of the Luca Sbisa trade to Portland. So this DOES have a Lethbridge connection! READ MORE: The Luca Sbisa Trade Tree As for that 3rd rounder you've been dying to hear about? His team was eliminated from the NHL playoffs over the weekend. He never did come to the WHL, opting to play in Switzerland. That's right, if you follow the bouncing draft pick, the Everett Silvertips eventually got a hold of the Saskatoon Blades 3rd round bantam draft choice in 2012 and picked Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews.

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