The Prince Albert Raiders have acquired F Brett Leason, 18, from the Tri-City Americans for a third-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft.
The teams announced the deal following the conclusion of play on Wednesday night. The third-round pick involved in the deal originally belonged to the Americans. It went to the Raiders in a deal last season in which G Rylan Parenteau was moved to Tri-City.
Leason, from Calgary, has nine goals and 10 assists in 81 career games. This season, he had one goal in 12 games with Tri-City. Last season, he had eight goals and 10 assists in 68 games.
At 6-foot-4 and 206 pounds, Leason will add some size to the Raiders’ forward group.
Leason’s father, Darryl, was a pretty good quarterback with the Regina Rams back in the day. Brett could make his Prince Albert debut on Friday against the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings.
The Americans had an abundance of forwards, so something had to give. The trade leaves the Americans with 25 players on their roster, including 14 forwards and nine defencemen. Two of the defencemen, Liam Belcourt and Dan Gatenby, have long-term injuries.
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