Regina Pats Head Coach and Senior VP of Hockey Operations John Paddock announced today the team has acquired defenceman Connor Hobbs (’97), a 2nd Round pick in 2016 and a 3rd Round pick in 2015 in exchange for defenceman Kyle Burroughs and forward Dryden Hunt.
“We are very excited about adding Dryden and Kyle to our roster,” stated GM and Head Coach Shaun Clouston. “We look forward to welcoming them to the Tige
My Initial thoughts are: "I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS DEAL". Burroughs was Regina's Captain. Hunt was an assistant Captain and a 1st line player. Hunt is very strong on the puck and can muscle bigger opponents off the puck. He is another point per game player to add to the mix. That gives the Tigers 6 PPG forwards in their lineup.
Burroughs is a top pairing Defenceman. A smart, mobile 2 way Defenseman. He will likely go pro next season. Hunt is possibly likely to be back next season.
The Tigers get 2 very good quality 19's. From the Tigers standpoint this could be considered an exceptional deal as Hobbs isn't going to play as a Tiger again, they didn't give up a 1st round pick, and they had an extra 2nd rounder from Regina in a previous deal, so it didn't dent the cupboards.
I think their must have been some competition for Hobbs, as Hunt, Burroughs for Hobbs and a 2nd, 3rd seems like highway robbery.
With this deal the Tigers were already the oldest lineup in the WHL and they just added more experience. Regina and the Tigers have developed a pretty good trading relationship the past couple years.
Sanford(19) Owre(18) Cox(19)
Eisenschmid(19) Hunt(19) Butcher(18)
Bradley(17) Ast(19) Penner(18)
Staples(19) Labelle(19) Mowbray(18)
That is one heck of a defense. They have close to 5 1st line defenceman, and one of the best goaltenders in the league.
Next Season's 20's
Vannelli - Will Play Pro
As you can see Clouston will have a busy Summer with all these guys eligible to be back. Are they done? Well If your going for it, it doesn't hurt to pad players, but I don't forsee them making another move now.