Blades Wheel And Deal With Numerous Roster Moves On Monday

General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced Monday that the Saskatoon Blades have acquired ’96-born defenceman Cole Bevan and a 2015 seventh round draft choice from the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for defenceman Ayrton Nikkel.

Bevan, a 6-foot-1, 208-pound product of Cloverdale, BC, has appeared in 18 career games with the Broncos, recording two assists and nine penalty minutes. The 18-year-old was originally drafted by the Broncos in the 10th round – 213th overall – in 2011.

Nikkel, 19, appeared in 60 career games with the Blades, posting five goals, 15 points and 95 penalty minutes.

“We want to think Ayrton for his contributions to the Blades organization,” Managing Partner Colin Priestner said. “He’s been a warrior for us and we wish him nothing but the best in Swift Current.

“We’re extremely excited about the acquisition of Cole Bevan. Entering his second WHL season, we believe he’ll be a solid addition to our roster, adding both size and skill to our back end.”

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General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced Monday that the Saskatoon Blades have released defenceman Tyler Dea and forward Chase Clayton.

Dea split time with the Blades and Prince Albert Raiders last season, recording a combined three assists and 17 penalty minutes in 35 games. The 19-year-old has been held pointless in two appearances so far this season.

After being acquired from the Calgary Hitmen last October, Clayton, 20, recorded 11 goals, 22 points and 78 penalty minutes in 58 games with the Blades. He has two penalty minutes through four games this season.

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General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced Monday that the Saskatoon Blades have acquired ’94-born defenceman Adam Henry from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for defenceman Turner Ottenbreit.

Starting the season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes – with whom he’d spent the previous three years – Henry appeared in 64 games last season with the T-Birds, recording seven goals, 38 points and 38 penalty minutes. In three games so far this season, the soon-to-be 20-year-old product of Winnipeg, MB, has one assist.

In 176 career WHL games, Henry has 16 goals, 76 points and 131 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the third round – 55th overall – in 2009.

Ottenbreit, a former 12th round pick (261st overall in 2012), has one goal in 12 career games.

“It’s always difficult to move a player like Turner. He’s a one-of-a-kind person and will be a great defenceman in the WHL,” Woods said.

“We felt the need to acquire an offensively-minded veteran who’s proven himself as a top defenceman in this league. We expect Adam to play in all situations on our blue line, and we believe he’s a player with exceptional leadership qualities to help our young D core.”

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