Monday, 17 April 2017

TRADE TREE: The Roadmap to Ryan Bowen

When the Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club went up to make their fourth round selection in the 2004 WHL Bantam Draft, I don't think anyone really thought it would end up having ripple effects 13 years later. Yet, as you've come to expect from my blogs, that's exactly how it turned out.
The Hurricanes would take a defenseman by the name of Jesse Craige, who turned in a pretty good career in the WHL and CIS before heading overseas. But a trade during his time in the WHL is what takes us for a bit of a ride. During the summer of 2008, the Hurricanes decided to send Craige to the Chilliwack Bruins for winger Cody Smuk and a third round bantam draft pick.

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The Hurricanes turned that third round pick into Sam McKechnie. And we all know what happened during those tumultuous years in the 'Bridge, as McKechnie was eventually shipped off in a multi-player move with Seattle Thunderbirds. It was him and Jaimen Yakubowski for Riley Sheen, Carter Folk and a third round pick in 2015. That third rounder turned into Tyler Strath. But that's not the point of where we're going here. The Hurricanes also turned Folk into a fourth round pick this coming year. Also not the point. But Riley Sheen becomes integral for this trade tree to continue. He was sent to Red Deer Rebels Hockey Club with a conditional fifth round pick for Brayden Burke and Devan Fafard. Burke was sent to Moose Jaw Warriors earlier this season for Ryan Bowen and a couple of draft picks. Yet again, here's another example of one draft pick having massive implications years down the road. And who knows, maybe in a few years we'll revisit this again, thanks to a few more draft picks trading hands.

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