Everett Silvertips Vice President / General Manager Doug Soetaert announced Monday that the club has acquired forward Ryan Harrison and a second round draft pick from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for forward Kellan Tochkin and defenseman Alex Theriau.
Harrison, 18, has recorded 122 points (41-81-122) in 176 WHL games along with 295 penalty minutes. In 40 games with the Tigers in 2010-11, the 5’10, 185 pound Kelowna, BC native has produced 33 points (13-20-33) in 40 games played. He was selected in the second round (29th overall) of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft by the Prince Albert Raiders.
Tochkin, 19, was Everett’s first round selection (13th overall) in the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft. In 185 career games with the Silvertips, the 5’9, 167 pound forward out of Abbotsford, BC has recorded 178 points (65-113-178) and 133 penalty minutes. He was signed to a free agent contract with the Vancouver Canucks in July, 2009. In 38 games with Everett in 2010-11, Tochkin has recorded 36 points (17-19-36) and 30 penalty minutes.
Theriau, 18, was acquired by the Silvertips in January, 2009 along with Daniel Iwanski and a first round draft pick from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for Kyle Beach and Mike Alexander. Originally selected in the first round (6th overall) by the Hurricanes, the 6’2, 193 pound defenseman out of Duncan, BC has recorded 36 points (5-31-36) and 125 penalty minutes in 166 career WHL games. He was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. In 37 games with Everett in 2010-11, Theriau has recorded seven assists and 27 penalty minutes.
“It’s tough to trade two players who have been a key part of our organization for a long time, and we appreciate what Kellan and Alex have meant to the Silvertips on the ice and in the community. We wish them the best of luck in Medicine Hat,” Soetaert said. “We were looking to add an 18 year old center that has skill and grit, and Ryan helps build the identity that we’re trying to promote here in Everett.”
Kellan Tochkin compares to former Tigers Chris Stevens. A smaller heavy player who isn't that fast, but posses some good hands, passing ability and vision on the ice.
Alex Theriau very poised and makes good smart decisions with the puck, a good skater, not overly physical. Likes to play it safe in his own end.
I love the deals that Brad McEwen made the last couple days. Basically gave up a 2nd and a conditional 4th for a lot of help. Theriau being 18 is likely back next year. Tochkin has a contract with the canucks and could move on to the ahl next year.
Comments From Tigers Gm Brad Brad McEwen
"We have been trying to obtain Alex Theriau for the past couple of months," said Tigers' general manager. "He is a good player I know from the past and feel he will be a good fit with our group here in The Hat."
"We moved a real good player in Ryan Harrison to Everett. Kellan is a proven offensive player in this league and has had two good years with Everett. He will fit in with our skill and pace to our game and will be a real good addition to our line up," stated McEwen.
"Ryan contributed to the success of our club since his arrive and we want to thank him for his time in Medicine Hat. We wish Ryan and his family all the best in the future," said McEwen.
This puts the roster at 9 defenceman. I assume they will move Scott Mckay up to forward for the rest of the season, which leaves 8 D-men.
So Parkkonen and Businius may see some healthy scratch time when everyone is healthy. Untill Coyle is healthy they probably rotate in and out, unless one player starts to stand out. It will suck for Businius being his draft year.