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Wheat Kings trade Papirny, bring in D-men

It turns out that Grant Armstrong has a flair for the dramatic.

The first-year general manager with the Brandon Wheat Kings made a pair of massive deals at the Western Hockey League’s 4 p.m. trade deadline on Tuesday, sending away a popular veteran and shoring up the team’s blue-line.

Brandon dealt overage netminder Jordan Papirny and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft to the Swift Current Broncos for 19-year-old goalie Travis Child, 19-year-old defenceman Kade Jensen, a second-rounder in 2019 and a fifth-rounder in 2018.

Armstrong then sent defenceman Jordan Wharrie, 19, and the second-rounder in 2019 to the Vancouver Giants for overage Russian blue-liner Dmitry Osipov.

"This is a hockey deal, and I really want to stress this," Armstrong said. "This is about making our hockey club better, and at some point you have to do things that hurt, and you have to separate yourself from some of the loyalties that you have as an organization. But the big part of it, we’re trying to make our hockey team better today to take on the task of being a strong hockey club in the second half and on into the playoffs."

Armstrong hopes that all three will be in the lineup tonight as the Wheat Kings meet the Tri-City Americans at Westman Place.

To say the Wheat Kings blue-line got bigger is an understatement. Osipov is six-foot-four and 220 pounds, while Jensen, from Calgary, is six-foot-two and 190 pounds.

Osipov, Vancouver’s first- overall selection in the 2013 Canadian Hockey League import draft, was chosen in the first round of the 2013 KHL Draft.

In 42 games this season, Osipov has one goal, 10 assists and 39 penalty minutes. He was named Vancouver’s top defenceman last season.

Here’s what Armstrong had to say about his new players:

• Osipov — "He’s a big guy, skates well, has a real puck-moving, first-pass mentality. He’s not offensive to any major degree but he’s a real good shutdown guy. He’s going to give us more opportunities to do what we need to do, to get the puck to the forwards to increase. That’s the one thing that from day one we lacked."

• Jensen — "He gives us some size, he’s a puck-moving guy, a guy that skates very well and has the ability to do a lot of things, which will help our depth."

• Child — "He is a quality tender who has done very well for Swift Current. Obviously when you look at his numbers, he’s going to welcome the opportunity to come in here and push Logan (Thompson) to get as much time in net as possible."

Jensen, who has also played with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, has three goals, six assists and 69 penalty minutes in 41 games. Child has a 3.03 goals-against average, a .902 save percentage and a win-loss record of 13-3-0-3 in 24 games this season.

The new additions certainly came at a cost.

Papirny played a team record 188 games and 10,967 minutes for Brandon, and participated in 49 more in the playoffs.

The Edmonton product backstopped the Wheat Kings to a league title in 2015-16, starting every game in their 21-game playoff run.

He also holds the team record with 111 wins and shares the shutout record (12) with Tyler Plante.

"That was tough one because of his loyalty but we needed to get him into a situation where he could be the number one guy," Armstrong said. "With the rise in play of Logan Thompson and the value that we saw, we just thought that we had to make this deal to make our hockey club better."

Wharrie joined the Wheat Kings from the Victoria Royals after a deal in September. He had three goals and seven assists in 34 games.

To meet the league’s 23-man roster requirement, the Wheat Kings reassigned 18-year-old defenceman Blake Jameson, 19-year-old forward Garrett Armour and 17-year-old defenceman Zach Wytinck. They are carrying two goalies, seven defencemen and 14 forwards.

Armstrong expects that the trades and the return of Nolan Patrick will energize the team.

"We’ve put a belief in our group that we want them to have tremendous success, and we’re trying to help them to have tremendous success by doing what we did today," Armstrong said. "This is still a very young hockey team and we have to remember that that’s the focus here. We have a young hockey team that’s having success despite some of our key pieces haven’t been around much. We now feel we’ve addressed the needs, and our group will respond to that."

In the biggest deadline deal, the Regina Pats acquired defenceman Josh Mahura, forward Jeff de Wit and a third-round pick in 2019 for 16-year-old defenceman Dawson Barteaux of Foxwarren, forward Lane Zablocki, a 2017 first-rounder, an optional first-rounder in either 2018 or 2019, and a conditional third-rounder in 2020.

He wasn’t the only Westman player dealt on Tuesday, as the Calgary Hitmen sent Brandonite Jordy Stallard to the Prince Albert Raiders for Luke Coleman.

In Tuesday’s other deals:

• Edmonton sent Branden Klatt to Moose Jaw for a fourth-round pick in 2018 and a conditional sixth-rounder in 2019.

• Kamloops sent Spencer Bast to Moose Jaw for an eighth-round pick in 2018.

• Spokane sent Tanner Wishnowski to Prince George for an eighth-round pick in 2018.

• Vancouver sent Radovan Bondra to Prince George for Tyler Ho, Bartek Bison and a third-round pick in 2018.

• Portland sent Jake Hobson to Swift Current for a 2018 fifth-rounder.

• Swift Current sent Calvin Spencer to Vancouver for a 2017 ninth-rounder.

• The Calgary Hitmen also added 20-year-old free agent goaltender Trevor Martin after Cody Porter was injured last Friday.

•The Portland Winterhawks picked up injured overage forward Matt Revel after he was released by the Kamloops Blazers.

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TRADES

WHL trades since the holiday moratorium was lifted on Dec. 27.

Players born in 1996 are in their overage season; 1997 = 19; 1998 = 18; 1999 = 17; 2000 = 16; 2001 = 15. For incoming draft picks, the team it came from is noted in brackets.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

EAST DIVISION

• Brandon Wheat Kings

IN — D Dmitry Osipov (1996); D Kade Jensen (1997); G Travis Child (1997); 2nd Rnd ’19 (SC); 5th Rnd ’18 (SC).

OUT — D Jordan Wharrie (1997); 2nd Rnd ’19; G Jordan Papirny (1996); 4th Rnd ’18.

• Moose Jaw Warriors

IN — F Thomas Foster (1996); 8th Rnd ’17 (Van); 5th Rnd ’18 (Van); F Yan Khomenko (1998); F Justin Almeida (1999); 5th Rnd ’17 (PG); 2nd Rnd ’18 (PG); F Branden Klatt (1998); F Spencer Bast (1997).

OUT — F Brayden Watts (1999) 5th Rnd ’17; 2nd Rnd ’18; F Nikita Popugaev (1998); 4th Rnd ’18; 6th Rnd ’19 Cond; 8th Rnd ’18.

• Prince Albert Raiders

IN — D Brayden Pachal (1999); 6th Rnd ’17 (Vic); 5th Rnd ’17 (Kel); 1st Rnd ’18 (Kel); Opt 5th Rnd ’19 Cond (Kel); F Curtis Miske (1997); F D-Jay Jerome (1999); 3rd Rnd ’17; F Jordy Stallard (1997); 7th Rnd ’17 (Cal).

OUT — D Loch Morrison (1997); 4th Rnd ’17; F Reid Gardiner (1996); 4th Rnd ’18; F Austin Glover (1996); F Luke Coleman (1998); 4th Rnd ’18.

• Regina Pats

IN — 7th Rnd ’18 (Let); F Wyatt Sloboshan (1997); 3rd Rnd ’17 (Spo); D Dawson Davidson (1998); D Josh Mahura (1998); F Jeff de Wit (1998); 3rd Rnd ’19.

OUT — D Brady Pouteau (1998); F Rykr Cole (1997); F Riley Woods (1998); F Luc Smith (1998); F Lane Zablocki (1998); D Dawson Barteaux (2000); 1st Rnd ’17; 1st Rnd in ’18 or ‘19 Opt; 3rd Rnd ’20 Cond.

• Saskatoon Blades

IN — 5th Rnd ’17 (MH); F Cole Johnson (1998); F Arjun Atwal (1999).

OUT — D Jordan Henderson (1997); 7th Rnd ’17; 5th Rnd ’18; D K’Andre Miller (2000); 6th Rnd ’19.

• Swift Current Broncos

IN — F Ryley Lindgren (1996); 6th Rnd ’18 (Let); 7th Rnd ’17 (Sas); 5th Rnd ’18 (Sas); 9th Rnd ’17 (SC); G Jordan Papirny (1996); 4th Rnd ’18 (Bdn); D Jake Hobson (1999).

OUT — F Cole Johnson (1998); F Calvin Spencer (1996); D Kade Jensen (1997); G Travis Child (1997); 2nd Rnd ’19; 5th Rnd ’18; 5th Rnd ’18.

CENTRAL DIVISION

• Calgary Hitmen

IN — F Jake Kryski (1998); 3rd Rnd ’18 (Sea); F Luke Coleman (1998); 4th Rnd ’18 (PA).

OUT — F Carsen Twarynski (1997); 3rd Rnd ’18 Cond.; D Aaron Hyman (1998); F Jordy Stallard (1997); 7th Rnd ’17.

• Edmonton Oil Kings

IN — 5th Rnd ’18 (Let); D Riley Stadel (1996); D Conner McDonald (1999); 2nd Rnd ’17 (Kam); 5th Rnd ’18 (Kam); F Brett Kemp (2000); F Graham Millar (1996); 1st Rnd ’18 (Evt); 4th Rnd ’18 (MJ); 6th Rnd ’19 Cond (MJ).

OUT — D Kyle Yewchuk (1998); 5th Rnd ’18; F Lane Bauer (1996); 7th Rnd ’17; D Aaron Irving (1996); 7th Rnd ’17; F Branden Klatt (1998).

• Kootenay Ice

IN — F Brett Davis (1999); F Colton Kroeker (1997); 2nd Rnd ’18 (Let); 4th Rnd ’18 (Let).

OUT — F Zak Zborosky (1996); F Matt Alfaro (1996); 6th Rnd ’18.

• Lethbridge Hurricanes

IN — F Alec Baer (1997), 9th Rnd ’17 (Por), F Zak Zborosky (1996); F Matt Alfaro (1996); 6th Rnd ’18 (Koo); D Kyle Yewchuk (1998); D Brady Pouteau (1998).

OUT — 3rd Rnd ’17; D Shaun Dosanjh (1996); F Brett Davis (1999); F Colton Kroeker (1997); 2nd Rnd ’18; 4th Rnd ’18; F Ryley Lindgren (1996); 6th Rnd ’18; 5th Rnd ’18; 7th Rnd ’18.

• Medicine Hat Tigers

IN — D Jordan Henderson (1997); G Michael Bullion (1997).

OUT — 5th Rnd ’17; 7th Rnd ’17.

• Red Deer Rebels

IN — D Brandon Schuldhaus (1998); F Austin Glover (1996); F Lane Zablocki (1998); D Dawson Barteaux (2000); 1st Rnd ’17 (Reg); 1st Rnd in ’18 or ‘19 Opt (Reg); 3rd Rnd ’20 Cond (Reg).

OUT — D Austin Strand (1997); 6th Rnd ’19; F D-Jay Jerome (1999); 3rd Rnd ’17; D Josh Mahura (1998); F Jeff de Wit (1998); 3rd Rnd ’19.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

B.C. DIVISION

• Kamloops Blazers

IN — F Lane Bauer (1996); 7th Rnd ’17 (Edm); F Luc Smith (1998); 8th Rnd ’18 (MJ).

OUT — D Conner McDonald (1999); 2nd Rnd ’17; 5th Rnd ’18; D Dawson Davidson (1998); F Spencer Bast (1997).

• Kelowna Rockets

IN — F Carsen Twarynski (1997); 3rd Rnd ’18 Cond. (Cal); 5th Rnd ’18 (Edm); F Reid Gardiner (1996); 5th Rnd ’17 (Van).

OUT — F Jake Kryski (1998); D Riley Stadel (1996); 5th Rnd ’17; 1st Rnd ’18; Opt 5th Rnd ’19 Cond; F Jordan Borstmayer (1998).

• Prince George Cougars

IN — F Nikita Popugaev (1998); F Radovan Bondra (1997); F Tanner Wishnowski (1997).

OUT — F Yan Khomenko (1998); F Justin Almeida (1999); 5th Rnd ’17; 2nd Rnd ’18; F Tyler Ho (2000); F Bartek Bison (1998); 3rd Rnd ’18; 8th Rnd ’18.

• Vancouver Giants

IN — 3rd Rnd ’17 (Leth), F Brayden Watts (1999); 5th Rnd ’17 (MJ); 2nd Rnd ’18 (MJ); F Jordan Borstmayer (1998); F Tyler Ho (2000); F Bartek Bison (1998); 3rd Rnd ’18 (PG); F Calvin Spencer (1996); D Jordan Wharrie (1997); 2nd Rnd ’19 (SC).

OUT — F Alec Baer (1997), F Thomas Foster (1996); 8th Rnd ’17; 5th Rnd ’18; 5th Rnd ’17; F Radovan Bondra (1997); 9th Rnd ’17; D Dmitry Osipov (1996).

• Victoria Royals

IN — D Loch Morrison (1997); 4th Rnd ’17 (PA); D K’Andre Miller (2000); 6th Rnd ’19 (Sas).

OUT — D Brayden Pachal (1999); 6th Rnd ’17; F Arjun Atwal (1999).

U.S. DIVISION

• Everett Silvertips

IN — D Aaron Irving (1996); 7th Rnd ’17 (Edm).

OUT — F Brett Kemp (2000); F Graham Millar (1996); 1st Rnd ’18.

• Portland Winterhawks

IN — D Shaun Dosanjh (1996); 7th Rnd ’17 (MH); 5th Rnd ’18 (SC).

OUT — 9th Rnd ’17; G Michael Bullion (1997); D Jake Hobson (1999).

• Seattle Thunderbirds

IN — D Austin Strand (1997); 6th Rnd ’19 (RD); D Aaron Hyman (1998).

OUT — D Brandon Schuldhaus (1998); 3rd Rnd ’18.

• Spokane Chiefs

IN — 4th Rnd ’18 (PA); F Rykr Cole (1997); F Riley Woods (1998); 8th Rnd ’18 (PG).

OUT — F Curtis Miske (1997); F Wyatt Sloboshan (1997); 3rd Rnd ’17; F Tanner Wishnowski (1997).

• Tri-City Americans

IN — None.

OUT — None

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 11, 2017

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The first-year general manager with the Brandon Wheat Kings made a pair of massive deals at the Western Hockey League’s 4 p.m. trade deadline on Tuesday, sending away a popular veteran and shoring up the team’s blue-line.

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