RAIDERS & TIGERS COMPLETE MULTI-PLAYER TRADETue Jan 1
Prince Albert SK – The Prince Albert Raiders have acquired 19-year-old defenceman Dylan Busenius and 18-year-old forward Jayden Hart as well as a 6th round selection in the 2014 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft from the Medicine Hat Tigers. In exchange, the Raiders have traded 19-year-old defenceman Zach Hodder, 18-year-old forward Logan McVeigh, prospect Connor Hobbs and a 2nd round draft pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft to the Tigers.
Busenius currently sits tied for 9th in scoring among all WHL defenceman, having recorded 6 goals and 20 assists for 26 points in 37 games this season. The 6’1”, 191-pound blueliner has appeared in 214 WHL games, scoring 14 goals and adding 54 assists along with 116 penalty minutes.
Hart has scored 5 goals and added 5 assists in 18 games for the Tigers this year. Standing 6’1.5” and weighing 188 pounds, the right-handed forward netted 13 goals and 19 assists last season with Medicine Hat.
“Dylan brings over 200 games of experience to our lineup, as well as plenty of playoff experience,” said Raiders General Manager Bruno Campese. “We believe he is having a breakout season on the back end and can play in all situations, including the power play.”
“Jayden is a big, power forward that skates well and will complement our current mix of up front,” added Campese. “We would like to welcome Dylan and Jayden to the Raiders, as they will be a big part of our team this season and in the future.
“Our organization would like to thank Zach and Logan for their contributions to our club, and wish them all the best in Medicine Hat.”
Medicine Hat, AB – The Medicine Hat Tigers have made a multi-player deal with the Prince Albert Raiders to kick off the New Year.
The Tigers have acquired centre Logan McVeigh (94), defenceman Zach Hodder (93), defenceman Connor Hobbs (97) and a 2nd round pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
In return, Prince Albert will receive defenceman Dylan Busenius (93), forward Jayden Hart (94) and a 6th round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
"This move addresses our current roster situation while also adding a talented prospect and a high pick in the upcoming draft" says Tigers General Manager and Head Coach Shaun Clouston. "We look forward to having Logan and Zach join our team."
Originally a 2nd round selection of the Kamloops Blazers, McVeigh is a 6'1", 195 lb. forward hailing from Kenaston, SK currently in his 3rd WHL campaign. He has 23 points in 38 games this season, including 5 points in his last 2 contests and 15 points over the past 14 games.
Delta, B.C. product Zach Hodder is a 5’11” 180lb. veteran defenceman in his 4th season in the league. A left-hand shot, he has accumulated 2 goals and 1 assist this season in 25 games played. Zach was selected in the 1st round of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft, 20th overall by the Vancouver Giants.
A 4th round pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, Connor Hobbs is a talented prospect who has seen time with Saskatchewan's Under-16 squad. The Saskatoon product stands 5’11” and 170 lbs and is known as a solid defender with plenty of offensive upside, makes a good first pass and plays with a physical edge.
“We would like to welcome the Zach, Logan, and Connor to the Medicine Hat Tigers,” stated Clouston.
“We’d also like to recognize the contributions of Dylan Busenius and Jayden Hart and wish them well in Prince Albert.”
McVeigh and Hodder are expected to be in the line up when the Tigers play the Blades in Saskatoon tonight.