Jordan Thomson of Wawanesa has a new Western Hockey League team.
The Kamloops Blazers traded the 17-year-old blue-liner to the Saskatoon Blades along with forward Mitch Lipon, 17, and a first-round pick in the 2015 WHL bantam draft. In return, the Blazers get forward Matt Revel, 17, a third-round pick in the 2016 draft and a conditional second-rounder in this year’s draft.
The fourth overall pick in the 2011 bantam draft, Thomson had seven assists in 20 games with the Blazers this season, but left the team for personal reasons. Revel has nine goals and 25 points in 43 games this season.
In other Wednesday moves, the Calgary Hitmen’s latest trade acquisition has already paid dividends. The Hitmen got former University of North Dakota forward Adam Tambellini, 19, from the Portland Winterhawks for a first-round pick in this year’s bantam draft. A New York Rangers draft pick who had two goals and four points as a freshman before leaving UND, Tambellini had a remarkable WHL debut with the Hitmen on Wednesday night, with a goal and three assists in a 6-4 win over the Blades.
Meanwhile, overagers were a hot commodity Wednesday as teams continued to shuffle the deck leading up to Friday’s trade deadline at 1 p.m. CT.
The Kelowna Rockets acquired Slovakian forward Marek Tvrdon, 20, from the Vancouver Giants for a second-round pick in this year’s bantam draft, then made room for him by shipping Zach Franko, 20, to the Kootenay Ice for a sixth-round pick this year and a third-rounder in 2016.
Tvrdon, a Detroit Red Wings draft pick, has been playing pro this season in the ECHL and has 107 points in 90 career WHL games. Franko has 12 goals and 35 points in 39 games for the Rockets this season.
In their first move of the day, the Blades sent captain Graeme Craig, 20, along with a seventh-round pick this year and a 2016 fifth-round choice to the Prince Albert Raiders for defenceman MacKenzie Johnston, 20, blue-liner Tyler Dea, 18, and third- and fifth-round picks in 2015.
Tri-City Americans sent defenceman Wil Tomchuk, 19, to the Cougars for a conditional fourth-round bantam draft pick.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 9, 2014