The first deal saw goaltender Daniel Wapple(18), and Centre Logan McVeigh(19) headed to Regina for 16 year old goaltender Nick Schneider and a 3rd round NHL Pick in 2016.
The Tigers then flipped a 3rd round pick to Vancouver for 18 yr old Anthony Ast. Ast is 5'9 185lb who has run into injury troubles in Vancouver. His agent had requested a move according to Vancouver's website.
So the Tigers get a goalie for the future in 16 yr old Schneider. Schneider was a listed player from the pats who was sent down but recalled, but is fairly highly touted. Sean Clouston mentioned that it was likely Phoenix was going to sign Langhamer and send him back to the Tigers next year, so wapple became expendable in favor of a younger player with a lot of potential.
This meant that McVeigh was on the bottom of the totem pole in regards to next years overagers so the Tigers acquired a younger player for him.
So these deals were basically a way to stay status quo and reduce losses for next season. I guess it means they don't feel they have the tools to go onto an extended run, and feel comfortable only having 2 forwards over 5'11. Edit: 3 With Bredo playing forward
This is my opinion only but to me the eastern conference was a bit weak. Their was no elite team this season., and that's why we saw Kootenay, Prince Albert, Regina, Swift Current, Edmonton, all bolster their lineup. We saw the Tigers in front of the pack...and falling back to earth in late November.
I think after the moves Calgary made they pushed themselves up to the top.
I am disappointed that the Tigers had a lot of pieces to the puzzle, but IMO it hasn't quite fell into place, but that remains to be seen. I think that they had a lot of potential and were close to becoming a powerhouse team with a couple tweaks to their roster.
They made moves last season to clear out older guys for the younger ones. They kept an older lineup this instead of prospects like Hobbs, Bradley, schultz. They decided to stay status quo reducing their losses for next season.
As for right now I see Swift Current, Calgary, Edmonton as threats to the Tigers chances. I think by playoffs Brandon will be a hard team to beat. It remains to be seen how PA or Regina's moves will effect them. Its going to be a dog fight for the finish, and hopefully Ast can bring some spark to the Tigers lineup. I think the Tigers finish anywhere from 3rd to 7th, and with this lineup I think a 2nd round playoff appearance, with potential to go further if they can get more consistent scoring.