Medicine Hat, AB — The Medicine Hat Tigers made their first move of the 2017 off season acquiring 99 born goaltender Jordan Hollett from the Regina Pats. In exchange the Tigers agreed to send 97 born forward Matt Bradley, 2018 2nd Round Bantam Draft Pick and a 2019 5th Round Bantam Draft Pick to Regina.
I think I like this move.
I feel like the Tigers acquired Hollett to become their starting goaltender next season. They gave up a bunch to get him. It potentially frees up an OA spot if Hollet can prove to be a starter.
Matt Bradley is also going to a team that has a memorial cup spot next season, so I Imagine he would be quite happy with that scenario.
If Hollett isn't starter material the Tigers do have options and won't have to decide until the OA deadline. It creates competition, depth, and flexibility which is never a bad thing.
Since Bradley is drafted but unsigned, I wonder if Regina has talked to Montreal on what their plan for him was. I'm wondering if their assurances that he will be back. If Montreal lets him go, their is a bit of risk for him in the Free Agent Pool. I think he will be back, but you never know.
Tigers Overage Scenario
I think the Tigers really hope Hollett can be a starter, as this could strongly help them out with their top 6 next season by keeping an extra point per game forward. It would make a lot of sense.
For that reason I think their Overage Situation has changed to the following.
John Dahlstrom(Import) -Drafted unsigned
Nick Schneider - Signed
Fischer, Rassell, Rubins seems like an excellent OA combo
Max Gerlach(19 Mason Shaw(19) Fischer(20)
Rassell(20) James Hamblin(18) Import(18/19?)
Tyler Preziuso(18) Josh Williams(16) Ryan Jevne(19)
Ryan Chyzowski(17) Gary Haden (18)
Kristians Rubins(20) Dylan Macpherson(19)
David Quenneville(19) Dalton Gally(19)
Since Rubins maybe recovering from surgery, they could easily keep an extra OA Defenceman until Rubins returns.