The 2017 Western Hockey League’s Trade Deadline has come and gone and the defending champion Brandon Wheat Kings were busy Tuesday afternoon, trading two players and acquiring three.
In the first of two deals completed at the deadline, Brandon general manager Grant Armstrong sent overage goalkeeper Jordan Papirny and a fourth round draft pick in 2018 to the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for two 19-year olds – netminder Travis Child and defenceman Kade Jensen as well as both a second and fifth round pick in the 2019 Bantam Draft.
Armstrong then sent that second round pick as well as veteran defenceman Jordan Wharrie to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for 20-year old Russian blueliner Dmitry Osipov.
A 6’4” 220 lb defenceman, Osipov was Vancouver’s first round pick and first overall selection in the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. He was also chosen in the first round of the 2013 KHL Draft by Amur Khabarovsk.
In 42 games this season, he has one goal, 11 points and 39 minutes in penalties. Since joining Vancouver in 2013, the Giant’s Pat Quinn Defenceman of the Year in 2016, has scored seven goals and 38 points in 239 games.
A 6’3” 204 Calgary product, Jensen is in his fourth WHL season and second in Swift Current. A former Lethbridge Hurricane, Jensen has three goals, 9 points and 69 penalty minutes in 41 games this season. In 220 career WHL games, he has scored fourteen goals, 46 points and has accumulated 289 penalty minutes.
Child meanwhile was Swift Current’s second round selection (29th overall) in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft and has played the past three seasons with the Broncos.
In 24 games this season, he has compiled a 3.03 goals against average and a .902 save percentage while registering an impressive 13-3-0-3 record. In 75 career games with Swift Current, the Killam, Alberta product has a 3.20 goals against average, while compiling a .902 save percentage.
Papirny leaves the Wheat Kings as one of the club’s most decorated netminders.
The Edmonton product is the club’s all time leader in games played (188), minutes played (10,967), wins (111) and is currently tied with Tyler Plante for the all time lead with twelve shutouts.
A former first round bantam draft choice, Papirny backstopped the Wheat Kings to back to back League Championship Finals and was instrumental in Brandon capturing the 2016 Ed Chynoweth Cup by beating the Seattle Thunderbirds in five games last spring.
In 26 games with Brandon this season, the 4-year WHL veteran has posted a 3.24 goals against average, a .906 save percentage and a 13-11-1-0 record.
Since joining the Wheat Kings in 2012, he has compiled a career goals against average of 2.90, a save percentage of .907 and an overall record of 111-53-13-7. In 49 playoff appearances, which is also a franchise high, he has a 2.87 goals against average and an impressive 33-15-1-0 mark.
“We felt that it was necessary to address our blueline and given our goaltending depth, we believed that it was necessary to move forward with this deal,” says Armstrong. “By acquiring two big veteran defencemen, we feel that we have become a harder team to play against…with better balance.”
As for moving one of the club’s most popular players ever, Brandon Owner and Governor Kelly McCrimmon says that “Jordan enjoyed a great career with the Wheat Kings. He was an integral part of the success our team enjoyed, culminating with a WHL Championship last year.”
“It was an honour to coach him, I consider him a good friend and I wish him nothing but success moving forward,” McCrimmon went on to say.
A 19-year old Port Moody, B.C. product, Wharrie was in his first season in Brandon and had three goals and ten points in 34 games. He was obtained by Brandon in September from the Victoria Royals.
Meanwhile in another move before Tuesday’s deadline, Brandon assigned 18-year old local product Blake Jameson to the Swan Valley Stampeders of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
A former member of the Southwest AAA Midget Cougars, Jameson appeared in 27 games with the Wheat Kings this season, accumulating 20 minutes in penalties.
Brandon’s 4-game home stand continues Wednesday night at 7pm with a game against the visiting Tri-City Americans.