The Swift Current Broncos have started dealing with that depth they have on the blue line today by trading former third round bantam pick Matthew Parsons to the Vancouver Giants for forward Brendan Holterhus.
Holterhus is a year older and an undrafted forward who has impressive size. He’s listed at 6’4 and over 200lbs by Elite Prospects. Last season he split time between the Giants (0 points in 16 games) and Spruce Grove of the AJHL where he had 12 points in 23 games. That’s the second move for a forward with size that Mark Lamb has made in the last month or so. The Broncos are hoping there is some untapped potential here. Realistically it appears it’s a trade where two teams were not going to be able to find full-time roles for these players due to depth at their respective positions. One of those hockey trades that appears to make sense for both clubs while the players involves are both clearly still question marks long term.
Interview with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb:
Parsons doubled his point totals in midget from 7 as a rookie to 14 last season. He certainly has the tools to be a WHL defenceman but at this point wasn’t going to clear the depth chart here. They need bodies up front more than they need bodies on D. The Broncos also could use some size up front. Holterhus will provide the size the question is to what degree will he play a physical game? Coach Lamb says they scout him as being a pretty good skater and he did put some points up in Junior A. He also went from 3 points as a midget rookie to 29 in 35 games as a 16-year-old so we could be seeing a later bloomer her.
- Click here for a story on Holterhus being sent back to Junior A last season
- Click here for Brendan Holterhus on Elite Hockey Prospects
- Click here for Matthew Parsons on Elite Hockey Prospects
The depth chart still isn’t cleared out on D and the Broncos probably haven’t really addressed their top six yet as they want to. That means you should expect them at at least try to make another move or two.