Blades Deal First Round Pick: WHL Nixes Deal Bringing Martin To Toontown

The Saskatoon Blades have acquired 1996 born defenceman Brycen Martin and a conditional 2017 5th round draft pick from the Swift Current Broncos.

“This is a real big trade for the Saskatoon Blades,” said Head Coach and GM Bob Woods. “Brycen is a big presence on the blue line, great attributes, obviously a high NHL pick, we’re just really excited to have him here.”

The Broncos will receive 1996 born defenceman Jordan Thomson, and a 2016 1st round pick draft pick (Red Deer.)

“We’re very proud of Jordan, the work he put in with us. He’s a great kid, and we’re so happy he was a part of our organization. We certainly wish him the best with the Broncos.”

The 18 year old Martin was a third round selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He was also the 2nd overall selection in the 2011 bantam draft.

Martin has played 39 games with the Broncos this season, and has 2 goals, 14 assists, 16 points and 22 PIM. In 181 WHL games, Martin has 72 points and 96 PIM.

“He’ll be a top pairing guy we need, really help with our young guys, and be a big part of our future.”

Meanwhile, The WHL announced today that the trade between the Kamloops Blazers and Swift Current Broncos (Joshua Connolly for Brycen Martin) on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 was not concluded to the satisfaction of the two Clubs concerned. Consequently, the WHL has ruled the trade to be null and void.