Interview with Broncos Coach/GM Mark Lamb:
The path to getting younger continued for the Swift Current Broncos as they dealt 19-year-old veteran forward Cavin Leth to Seattle for 17-year-old sophomore defenceman Suhvan Khaira. It was very tough for Coach Lamb to deal Leth who has been with the organization since they picked him in the second round of the 2011 bantam draft. However, they needed a body on the blue line and bigger picture the organization does need to get younger in the face of a tough season.
Lamb also believes Khaira could help the team immediately and brings a needed right shot defenceman to the team. Unfortunately injuries now have them down to ten healthy forwards and that could force some call ups in the picture doesn’t clear up soon.
Leth is a guy who did a lot in the community and played any role the team asked him to play. He will be missed on and off the ice. He’s fast, tenacious, a team player, responsible defensively, gritty and can create a lot of chances. Seattle is lucky to get him and adds to their collection of former Broncos in this deal. I imagine a lot of Swift Current fans will be cheering them on as they make a push for the U.S. Division title.
Khaira comes to Swift Current with a comparison to Brett Lernout from Coach Lamb. If he can develop into the type of impact defenceman that Lernout did it’s a huge addition for the Broncos moving forward. They are very happy with how their defence is developing as all seven guys on the roster are eligible to come back next season with talent like Dom Schmiemann on deck.
What’s next before the deadline? What should be next? Even though he had made a few recent moves I expect there will still be a lot of chatter before Sunday. It has already been eventful and that could continue.
The Broncos visit Lethbridge on Wednesday where Khaira should be ready to make his debut with his new club. They’re not back home until the Rogers Hometown Hockey festivities against Moose Jaw on Sunday.