It was a busy week of trades in the AJHL with a total of 10 players on the move.
We also had a couple of coaches being added with Allen York and Darren Reid joining the Camrose Kodiaks and Drayton Valley Thunder coaching staff.
Here’s now everything else that went on:
Both Ryan Brushett and Ryan Miotto are leaving the Pontiacs after just shy of two months with the organization.
Brushett – a Providence College commit – is heading a little further north to join division rivals the Grande Prairie Storm. He joined the Pontiacs as part of the completion of the Derek Brown trade to the Vernon Vipers in the BCHL. Coming the other way to Bonnyville is 98 D Sean Thomson who’ll be entering his second and final year in the AJHL. Thomson had 14 points in 42 games for the Storm after joining them from the Chilliwack Bruins back in late September. He’ll be joining a defensive group that finished 216 goals against last season – fourth worst in the North Division.
Now, moving on Miotto. Miotto – who is another NCAA Div 1 commit heading to Canisius College – is moving back to the BCHL with powerhouses the Penticton Vees. This time, the Pontiacs will be getting some offensive firepower back in return in the form of Ty Enns. He’s another veteran 98-born player who has no trouble finding the net. In 167 career junior games – in both the NAHL and MJHL – Enns has scored 76 goals and 156 points. He’ll be bringing some much need offence to this Pontiacs lineup who’s leading point getter last season was PJ Marrocco who left in November.
Before even suiting up a game for the Eagles Raihan Kheraj is out the door and heading for Manitoba. The New Westminster native will be playing for the Winkler Flyers in 2019 who finished with 35 wins in the MJHL last season. Originally, Kheraj was brought to Canmore from the Estevan Bruins (SJHL) in the completion of the Bryce Platt trade made back on January 10th, 2018.
Coming in to fill Kheraj spot on the backend is 01′ D Aidan West from the St Albert MAAA Raiders (AMHL). West played two games as an affiliate for the Eagles in 2018 collecting zero points.
Drayton Valley Thunder
New GM/Head Coach Eric Thurston continued to build up his roster with the addition of both 01′ D Brett Bamber and 99′ F Matthew Kinash.
Bamber played 13 games for the Thunder last season before being sent back to Midget AAA in St Albert. In his lone year of Triple-A, the new Thunder defenceman had 9 points in 23 appearances. He was also named an All-Star at the Mac Cup back in December.
Their other new addition, Kinash is coming in from the OHA Edmonton Prep (CSSHL) where he was the captain in 2018. He’s a highly talented playmaking forward who led his team in scoring with 62 points. He’s also joining the team with some AJHL experience after suiting up for a game for the Wolverines last season.
Drayton Valley also announced this week that they’d hired Darren Reid as their new Assistant Coach.
Grande Prairie Storm
The Grande Prairie Storm trade Brad Girard to Waywayseecappo (MJHL) in exchange for future considerations. Girard split time last year between the Olds Grizzlys and the Battleford North Stars of the SJHL. Through 7 games with the Grizzlys, he scored two goals and earned seven assists.
In 40 games with Battleford, he scored another 14 goals and 17 assists for a point total of 40 on the year. Grande Prairie then acquired him in June but now a little a month later has been traded again before even suiting up for the Storm.
The Grande Prairie Storm trade Sean Thomson to the Bonnyville Pontiacs in exchange for Ryan Brushett. Brushett played in 58 games last year for the Surrey Eagles. In those games, he put up 49 points (21G-28A) before being acquired by Bonneyville this past June.
Brushett is on the move before even suiting up for the Pontiacs again, with this trade. He has also committed to Providence College for the 2018/19 season.
The Olds Grizzlys did some wheeling a dealing acquiring 99 D Mathew Kasowski, “00 F Colby Wolter and a PDF from the Spruce Grove Saints.
Kasowski has spent the last two seasons with the Spruce Grove Saints. The Saint Albert native was in and out of the Saints line-up last season where he tallied one goal and seven assists. Kasowski does play a solid defensive game and should help an Olds team that struggled to keep the puck out of their net last season.
Olds also acquired ’00 F Colby Wolter. Wolter played his rookie season for the Camrose Kodiaks where he was also in and out of the line-up. In 33 games last season Wolter tallied three goals and 10 assists. The Falum native should an increased role in Olds with most of the roster turned over he could see his offensive numbers jump.
Spruce Grove Saints
Spruce Grove added a couple of offensive weapons on Saturday with Jake Ashton and Tyler Pang coming in from the Olds Grizzlys.
Pang, an elite puck-moving defenceman, had a stellar rookie season with both the Sherwood Park Crusaders and in Olds. Before his move down south at the deadline, the Victoria native was playing close to a point-per-game rate while around top offensive talent in Sherwood Park scoring 24 points in 26 games. His production dropped off a little after the move to Olds, but still managed to snap up 8 points in 16 games. With the talent that the Saints have, Pang could easily finish at the top of the defenceman scoring rankings towards the end of the season.
Also coming over is 98 F Jake Ashton. Ashton played for the Canmore Eagles in 2018 and boosted his offensive total from the year prior by 33 points – 47 points in 57 games. The Calgary native is a much need addition to the Saints lineup with five of their top seven scorers from last season all gone.