Eric Roy will be back in the Wheat City for opening weekend. (FILE PHOTO)
The Brandon Wheat Kings could have Eric Roy available for their Western Hockey League season opener on Friday night.
The 19-year-old defenceman was reassigned to the Wheat Kings on Wednesday by the Calgary Flames, who selected him in the fifth round of this year’s National Hockey League entry draft.
Roy’s ability to play Friday when the Wheat Kings visit the Moose Jaw Warriors (7:40, CKLQ) will depend on his health. He was limited during Flames’ training camp by an abdominal wall strain.
If he’s able to go, the Wheat Kings will have seven healthy defenceman available, including 15-year-old prospect Kale Clague. Blue-liners Nick Walters (knuckle, indefinite) and Taylor Green (upper body, two weeks) will both miss the beginning of the season with injuries, while the club is still waiting for Ryan Pulock to be returned by the New York Islanders. Pulock, drafted 15th overall by the Islanders, made his NHL pre-season debut on Tuesday night in Calgary against the Flames.
Meanwhile, Moose Jaw swapped veteran forwards with Regina on Wednesday, sending Carter Hansen, 18, to the Pats for Jack Rodewald, 19, and a conditional pick in the 2016 WHL bantam draft. Hansen had 16 points last season, while Rodewald, a Winnipegger, had 14.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 19, 2013