The Moose Jaw Warriors will be without D Josh Brook for as long as 12 weeks, thanks to a wrist injury he suffered while playing for the Montreal Canadiens during a rookie tournament in Toronto.
Reports out of Montreal at the time indicated that Brook had suffered a shoulder injury. He was injured on his second shift of the game but kept playing, finally leaving halfway through the second period.
It turns out that he injured a wrist and, as general manager Alan Millar revealed on Tuesday, will have surgery on Friday in Montreal.
Brook, 18, is from Roblin, Man. The Canadiens selected him in the second round of the NHL’s 2017 draft, after he put up eight goals and 32 assists in 69 games last season.
In his freshman season, Brook had four goals and six assists as he was limited by injuries to 40 games.
Brook played for Canada at the U-18 IIHF World Championship last spring, recording two assists in five games.
F Parker Kelly of the Prince Albert Raiders has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. Kelly, an 18-year-old from Camrose, Alta., was in their camp as an undrafted free agent.
After signing, he told reporters: “I want to have another good (season) in Prince Albert and help the team make the playoffs. Hopefully, I can stay up here longer next year and by the time I’m 20 I hope to be playing pro hockey either in the AHL or NHL.”
The Raiders selected Kelly in the seventh round of the WHL’s 2014 bantam draft.
Last season, he had 21 goals and 22 assists in 72 games. That followed a freshman season in which he finished with eight goals and 11 assists in 68 games.
Kelly is the second undrafted free agent from the WHL to sign an NHL contract this week. Earlier, the Pittsburgh Penguins signed F Jordy Bellerive of the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a three-year entry-level deal.
The Prince Albert Raiders have acquired F Brock Sottile, 18, from the Spokane Chiefs for a conditional eighth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft. . . . Sottile, from Calgary, had four goals and five assists in 34 games with the AJHL’s Calgary Mustangs last season. . . . Sottile had been on Spokane’s protected list since May.
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If you’re a regular in this neighbourhood, you will be aware that I wrote yesterday about Matt Cockell, the general manager of the Kootenay Ice, suggesting that he perhaps had earned the nickname Trader Matt in recent times.
Well, it seems I owe Trader Matt an apology. I wrote that Cockell on Monday had made his ninth trade since May 24. I awoke to a note from a follower from Cranbrook pointing out that the number actually is 10.
Yes, an Aug. 21 deal between the Ice and Lethbridge Hurricanes isn’t noted on the WHL website. In that exchange, the Ice acquired D Tyler Strath, 17, and a conditional fifth-round selection in the WHL’s 2019 bantam draft from the Hurricanes for F Austin Wong, 17. Strath was a third-round pick by Lethbridge in the 2015 bantam draft. He was released on Sunday as the Ice got down to eight defencemen. Wong, the younger brother of former Hurricanes star Tyler Wong, was picked by the Ice in the 11th round of the 2015 bantam draft.
Here is an updated list showing all 10 of the deals made by Cockell:
May 24 — Acquired G Mario Petit, 20, from Everett for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft. (The Ice released Petit on Sunday.)
June 28 — Acquired F Cameron Hausingrer, 18, from the Red Deer Rebels for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft.
July 5 — Traded G Declan Hobbs, 19, to the Spokane Chiefs for a seventh-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft.
Aug. 1 — Acquired D Jordan Henderson, 20, from the Medicine Hat Tigers for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2019 bantam draft.
Aug. 21 — Acquired D Tyler Strath, 17, and a conditional fifth-round selection in the WHL’s 2019 bantam draft from Lethbridge for F Austin Wong, 17
Sept. 10 — Traded F Max Patterson, who turns 18 on Dec. 27, to the Swift Current Broncos for G Bailey Brkin, 18, and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft.
Sept. 11 — Traded F Noah Philp, 19, to the Seattle Thunderbirds for fifth-round selections in the 2018 and 2019 bantam drafts.
Sept. 13 — Acquired G Kurtis Chapman, 19, from the Regina Pats for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft.
Sept. 15 — Acquired F Colton Veloso, 20, from the Portland Winterhawks for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft.
Sept. 18 — Acquired F Alec Baer, 20, from Lethbridge for F Jake Elmer, who will turn 19 on Dec. 31, and a fifth-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft.
F Cameron Hebig, one of four 20-year-olds on the Saskatoon Blades’ roster, will miss the first two games of the regular season as he sits out a suspension. The WHL office suspended Hebig after he took a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct during a game in Edmonton on Saturday. With Hebig suspended, the Blades will only be allowed to dress two 20s for each of their first two games. . . . Freshman F Justin Nachbaur of the Prince Albert Raiders has been suspended for four games after he took a charging major and game misconduct during a game in Regina on Friday. He missed the Raiders’ final exhibition game, so will sit for the first three regular-season games. . . . D Turner Ottenbreit of the Seattle Thunderbirds will miss his club’s first game of the regular season as he serves a one-game suspension left over from last season. He took a charging major and game misconduct during a playoff game in Regina on May 14. That was Game 6 of the WHL final — the Thunderbirds won the game, beating the Pats 4-3 in OT, to take the series, 4-2.
Friday games (start of regular season; all times local):
Regina at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
Calgary vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.
Moose Jaw at Prince Albert, 7 p.m.
Medicine Hat at Lethbridge, 7 p.m.
Swift Current at Saskatoon, 7:05 p.m.
Spokane at Prince George, 7 p.m.
Vancouver at Victoria, 7:05 p.m.
Kamloops at Kelowna 7:05 p.m.
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