One of the most three more senior Broncos and a class act is heading two hours north to Saskatoon. Graeme Craig has been a Bronco for over three years now and played his 200th career game last night. You have to give something to get something and Swift Current dealt a reliable, hulking d-man to the Memorial Cup Host Saskatoon Blades to bring in a guy in Brent Benson they’re hoping will fit into their top six forwards.
Here’s the Swift Current Online article:
A big WHL trade Thursday as the Swift Current Broncos dealt 19-year-old defenceman Graeme Craig to Saskatoon for 19-year-old forward Brent Benson.
Benson has three assists in 11 games played with the Blades this season. He was drafted by the Blades 6th overall in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft. Benson went on to put up 44 points in 65 points as a 17-year-old before his production dipped only slightly to 37 points in 62 games last season.
Benson became a star prospect by scoring 80 goals and 76 assists in 52 games for Weyburn’s AA Bantam team in 52 games.
“Benson is a very versatile top six forward with plenty of experience which our current group of forwards could learn a lot from,” said Broncs Head Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb. “Craig has been a solid player for the Broncos for over three years. To acquire a player like Benson, you have to give up great talent and with our young depth on our defence we were able to acquire him (Benson).”
Craig is a 6’5” defensive defenceman who has played 200 career games with the Broncos. He has scored 25 points over that time a provided reliable play in his own zone. Craig set a career high with 10 points last season despite only playing 56 games due to injury.
The two players suit up for their new teams for the first time in a game against one another tomorrow night in Swift Current.
I‘ll have more reaction and analysis later…