The WHL trade deadline is January 10.
With a week to go before that deadline, the Regina Pats were busy Thursday as they made three separate trades.
The first deal saw 18-year-old defenceman Marco Creta go to the Kootenay Ice for 17-year-old forward Blake Allan. The Davidson product is in his first full WHL season and has three assists in 31 games this season.
Forward Scott Mahovlich and an eighth round pick in the 2019 bantam draft was shipped to Lethbridge for a 3rd round pick in the 2019 bantam draft with the final trade seeing 17 year old defenceman Tyson Feist come to the club from the Spokane Chiefs along with a 10th-round pick in 2019’s bantam draft for a fifth-rounder in 2021 and an eighth-rounder in 2019.
The moves come as the Pats enjoy a start to the second half of the season that has seen them win three out of four to give them a record of 12-25-0-1, going into a game Friday night at Saskatoon. Head Coach Dave Struch says it is tough to see good guys like Creta and Mahovlich leave the room, but that the deals are for the future and not the present.
“It’s the unfortunate side obviously,” Struch said. “What Scotty and Marco have done for us this yearespecially since the break has been fantastic. It’s a big loss for us, but it’s a big gain for the teams that have gotten them. We do get younger and that was going to be a big part of the process this year. So it’s unfortunate, but it’s fortunate when you look at the bigger picture.”
It is a sentiment echoed by General Manager John Paddock.
“Like we’ve set out to do from the start, we’ve gotten a 3rd round draft pick and two 17-year old players that are playing in the league so it’s something we feel we had to do.” Paddock said. “We know what direction we want to go, so it’s up to us as an organization to improve them over the next three to four years.”
After these trades, Paddock isn’t sure if any more moves will be made leading up to the deadline. He says they have accomplished a lot already and that the team has responded since coming back after Christmas, but if the right offer comes along he will take a look at it.