It’s kind of an unusual way to get a draft pick. Back in 2013 the Broncos traded goaltending prospect Alec Dillon’s rights to Edmonton as part of a deal to get veteran hand Stephen Shmoorkoff to bolster their blue line. At the time the suggested cost would be a 4th round WHL bantam draft pick in 2015 assuming Dillon didn’t sign with Edmonton. The big goaltender stuck in the BCHL that season and was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 5th round of the NHL draft. He then committed to RPI of the NCAA and jumped to the USHL for last season. It seemed like the WHL book was closed for Dillon and Edmonton went ahead and used that draft pick last month on goaltender Lance Alm.
Fast forward a few weeks and now Dillon is an Oil King. He has said RIP to his RPI scholarship to perhaps take the place of Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Tristan Jarry in the Edmonton net for next season. So what does that do to the draft pick the Oil Kings were only supposed to get in case they didn’t sign Dillon? Since they used it they keep it. However, the Broncos will now get Edmonton’s 2016 4th round pick.
That kind of adds a couple of extra layers to a trade that seemed likely to be as simple as Shmoorkoff for a 4th round pick at the time. Now it widens to Dillon and Alm for Shmoorkoff and whomever the Broncos pick next May… with a massive gap in how each player would end up impacting their club.
From a Swift Current perspective it’s basically a free 4th round pick for a guy that for whatever reason wasn’t going to be coming here. Apparently he is good friends Mayo in Edmonton and certainly they’ve been a good organization so I can see the appeal of going there for him with the job open in goal. It’ll be interesting to see how he does in the WHL after playing Junior A in his 17 and 18-year-old seasons.
ROCKETS COME JUST SHORT
Congrats to the Kelowna Rockets on a great season after they lost 2-1 to Oshawa in overtime of a great Memorial Cup final. The whole tournament was fun hockey. I really thought the Rockets had the better of the play in Sunday’s game despite not being able to pull the trigger on some great chances.
There are obviously a couple of big Broncos connections with the Rockets in coach Dan Lambert and AGM Lorne Frey who both won a Memorial Cup with Swift Current in 1989. Despite having to taste the sting of defeat tonight it’s been an incredible debut season for Lambert as head coach. Getting their WHL championship ring should ease tonight’s pain a little.
Now the countdown is on to next season when everyone aims for what the Generals got to achieve today.
One last note the sign ups are coming in for the annual Click Before You Dig Swift Current Broncos Alumni Golf Classic at Elmwood. It’s a blast to be a part of and a chance to interact with the whole Broncos community from alumni to staff to sponsors and fans. I hope you’ll be sure to be a part of what is usually a sold out and very entertaining tournament.