Blades Make Trade With Portland and Aquire Nikkel From Silvertips

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Saskatoon Blades

Cody Nickolet

July 4, 2013, Saskatoon, SK (ISN) – The Saskatoon Blades have announced a trade with the Portland Winterhawks as well as a trade with the Everett Silvertips.

The deal has Shane McColgan being dealt to the Winterhawks in exchange for a pair of draft picks. The Blades will receive a 3rd round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft in the deal, along with a 7th round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

McColgan spent one season with the Blades after being acquired from the Kelowna Rockets in May of 2012. He appeared in 69 regular season games in 2012-13, posting 19 goals and 66 points to go along with a +9 rating and 50 PIMs.

The Blades would like to thank Shane for his time with the organization and wish him all the best in his 20 year old season with the Winterhawks.

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 The Saskatoon Blades have announced a trade with the Everett Silvertips.

The deal has the Blades acquiring defenceman Ayrton Nikkel from the Everett Silvertips in exchange for defenceman Matt Pufahl and a 5th round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.

Nikkel is a left-handed shooting defenceman, listed at 6’1 and 195 pounds.  He’s 1995-born and is from Kelowna, BC.

It’s a return to Saskatoon for Nikkel, as he was drafted by the Blades in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.  He was dealt to Brandon at the 2011 trade deadline that saw Brayden Schenn head to the Blades.  Nikkel has appeared in 110 regular season WHL games, including one as a member of the Saskatoon Blades.  This past season Nikkel dressed in 49 games with the Wheat Kings and Silvertips, posting 9 points and 117 PIMs.

The Saskatoon Blades would like to welcome Ayrton and his family back to the organization.  We would also like to wish Matt Pufahl all the best in his 20 year old season with the Silvertips.

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