Two players selected 12 picks apart in the first round of the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft change their uniforms.
In a surprising 18-year-old forward trade, the Kelowna Rockets sent Trevor Wong to the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for Colton Dach.
The hit deal gives the Rockets something general manager Bruce Hamilton says they lacked – the waist in the middle.
Hamilton says that with Wong, Andrew Cristall and Nolan Flamand being somewhat undersized compared to others in the BC Division, he saw it as an opportunity to grow up with the 6’3 ″ Dach.
“Colton is going to bring things to our team that are going to be important to us, he shoots the puck well, I think he is going to mature a lot as a player here now that he has an NHL training camp in his pocket.” active. We will expect him to come here and have a leadership role in our group in the near future, ”Hamilton said following the deal.
“When you make a deal of this size, battleship for battleship, we are certainly giving up on a young player who we thought a lot about. Trevor was our first round pick a few years ago and a really special person, but I think with where our team is, I thought that size was going to be an issue when we were up against big physical teams. I wanted to do something sooner rather than later.
Dach, a second-round pick for the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this year, has 11 goals and nine assists in 20 games in the shortened 2020-21 season.
He was ranked sixth overall by the Blades in the 2018 Bantam Draft.
Wong, selected 12 spots later in the same draft, had 13 goals and 31 points in 79 games in two seasons with the Rockets.