D Jesse Dudas (Lethbridge, Prince George, Swift Current, Regina, 2003-09) has signed a one-year contract with MAC Budapest (Hungary, Erste Liga). Last season, he had one goal and five assists in six games with Debrecen (Hungary, Erste Liga). He actually started the season with TPS Turku (Finland, Liiga) but injured a shoulder in the first period of the first Champions League game and didn’t play a league game. . . .
F David Hruška (Red Deer, 1995-96) has signed a “short-term” contract with Sokolov (Czech Republic, 2. Liga). Last season, he had three goals and six assists in five games with Sokolov. He also had 19 goals and 16 assists in 19 games with Wattens (Austria, Tirol Region Elite), finishing third in the league’s scoring race.
The Regina Pats have acquired G Jacob Wassermann, 17, from the Vancouver Giants for a conditional sixth-round selection in the WHL’s 2018 bantam draft.
The deal came one day after the Pats dealt G Kurtis Chapman, 19, to the Kootenay Ice for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft.
Wassermann will slot in as the third goaltender on Regina’s depth chart, behind veteran Tyler Brown, 20, and freshman Max Paddock, 17.
The 6-foot-5 Wassermann, from Humboldt, Sask., was an eighth-round pick by the Giants in the 2015 bantam draft. He played one exhibition game with the Giants this man, stopping 21 of 23 shots in 29 minutes against the Spokane Chiefs.
Last season, he got into 26 games with the midget AAA Saskatoon Blazers, going 10-13-0, 3.23, .902.
Wassermann will play with the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos, but the Pats know that he is close at hand should they need him.
“(Wassermann) happens to be the same age as Max,” John Paddock, Regina’s GM and head coach, told Greg Harder of the Regina Leader-Post. “It gives us a little bit more stability for the future. We’ll try and get a read on him. If need be, we obviously think he’s capable of filling in. He’s the No. 1 goalie with the junior A team. He’s progressing from midget to junior. That’s all good stuff.”
Wassermann’s departure leaves the Giants with three goaltenders on their roster — veterans Ryan Kubic, 19, and David Tendeck, who will turn 18 on Nov. 25, and freshman Todd Scott, 17, who is from Albertville, Minn.
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The Prince George Cougars got down to three goaltenders on Thursday as they released veteran Brock Hamm, 20. . . . “Brock has been terrific on and off the ice for us,” Cougars general manager Todd Harkins said in a; news release, “but it’s a numbers game with our 20-year-olds. We felt the timing was right to give him an opportunity to join on with another WHL team.” . . . The Cougars now have veteran Tavin Grant, 19, and two freshmen — Isaiah DiLaura, 17, and Taylor Gauthier, 16 — left as their goaltenders. Their ages might indicate that, at least right now, Grant is the starter and the other two are competing for the backup spot. . . . DiLaura, from Lakeville, Minn., is a list player who has signed with the Cougars. Gauthier, from Calgary, was a first-round selection in the WHL’s 2016 bantam draft. . . . With Hamm gone, the Cougars now have six 20-year-olds on their roster — F Jared Bethune, Slovakian F Radovan Bondra, F Aaron Boyd, D Shane Collins, F Brogan O’Brien and D Tate Olson. As an import, Bondra would be a two-spotter should the Cougars choose to keep him.
The Medicine Hat Tigers got the news they expected after F Mason Shaw had an MRI on his injured right knee this week. Shaw tore the ACL in the knee while playing for the Minnesota Wild at a rookie tournament in Traverse City, Mich., on Saturday. He is scheduled to have reconstructive surgery on Sept. 25.
If all goes well, Shaw, who is from Wainwright, Alta., is likely to be out for six months, which would bring him back late in the regular season or early in the playoffs.
“There are a lot of things I was looking forward to this season, obviously with the Tigers and Minnesota and possibly the world juniors,” Shaw told Ryan McCracken of the Medicine Hat News, “and being at my first camp, I didn’t want it to end in my second rookie game but it is what it is. I’ll get through it.
“I figured on the initial hit that this would be the end result, but in the days leading up to (the MRI) I was kind of hoping for the best. Now it’s time to turn the page and get ready for surgery.”
This is a huge loss for the Tigers. Shaw, who is to turn 19 on Nov. 3, put up 94 points in 71 games last season. Of the Tigers’ top five scorers, he is the only one who was on the training camp roster.
Shaw’s 2014-15 season was limited to 23 games due to an injury to his left knee.
It’s water under the bridge, but you wonder if the Tigers would have traded F Matt Bradley, who had 34 goals and 43 assists in 70 games, to the Regina Pats had the Ouija board indicated that Shaw would go down. Bradley was traded as the Tigers moved to get down in 20-year-olds.
The Tigers still have some firepower, what with F Zach Fischer (62-34-29—63), F Max Gerlach (72-34-28—62), F Mark Rassell (72-36-25—61) and D David Quenneville (49-23-36—59) on the roster.
Fischer and Rassell are two of the five 20-year-olds on the roster, joining G Michael Bullion, Latvian D Kristians Rubins, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, and D Brad Forrest.
Medicine Hat also is missing G Jordan Hollett, 18, who came down with mononucleosis early in training camp. Without Hollett, the Tigers still have three goaltenders on their roster — Bullion, Duncan McGovern, a fifth-round pick in the 2015 bantam draft out of Winnipeg, and Kaeden Lane, a Burnaby, B.C., native who will turn 16 on Oct. 10.
Hollett was acquired from Regina in the off-season deal that had Bradley go the other way.
D Josh Brook wasn’t on the ice when the Moose Jaw Warriors practised on Thursday. Brook, 18, is recovering from a shoulder injury suffered while playing for the Montreal Canadiens at a rookie tournament in Toronto. He was injured while playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs. . . . The Canadiens selected Brook in the second round of the NHL’s 2017 draft. . . . Last season, Brook had eight goals and 32 assists in 69 games with the Warriors, so he obviously is a key part of their back end. . . . The Warriors will complete their exhibition season this weekend by going home-and-home with the Brandon Wheat Kings. They’ll play in Brandon tonight (Friday) and in Moose Jaw on Saturday. . . . Marc Smith of discovermoosejaw.com reports that Brook’s “status is up in the air right now.” . . . Smith has more right here.
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