January 19th, 2019

WHL Roundup: Tigers to square off in prospects game this month

By None on January 10, 2019.

Medicine Hat News

Mads Søgaard routinely stares down Josh Williams in practice with the Medicine Hat Tigers, but that’s when they have the same jersey on.

In a game? It could happen Jan. 23 in Red Deer when the two teammates are on opposite benches for a change at the CHL/NHL’s Top Prospects Game.

Søgaard was placed on the Team Cherry side in rosters announced Wednesday, while Williams will be on Team Orr. The team namesakes will not be behind the bench, though ex-Tiger Kelly Hrudey is one of Team Orr’s coaches this year.

Søgaard just came off a high-profile World Junior Championship with Denmark, while Williams has international experience on his hockey resume as well.

The game is a chance for scouts to get a better look at the top 40 prospects from Canadian Hockey League teams.

Injury updates

The Tigers’ weekly injury report shows better news than expected in one case.

Centre Ryan Chyzowski, who suffered a laceration to the back of his knee Saturday in Calgary, is only listed as day-to-day.

Defenceman Hayden Ostir, however, is considered week-to-week after his knee was hurt Friday night against Kootenay.

On the positive side, forward Bryan Lockner is listed as returned from injury after going through concussion protocol following a fight against Lethbridge’s Ty Prefontaine.

Trade season

The WHL’s trade deadline is today at 3 p.m., and already some teams are making a push — though not always for the playoffs.

Swift Current, which sold the farm ahead of their eventual championship run last year, sent 18-year-old goaltender Joel Hofer to Portland Wednesday in exchange for six draft picks. They’ll get the Winterhawks’ first-rounder this year and in 2021, a third-rounder this year as well as three picks (second, fourth and fifth rounds) in 2020. They signed overager Riley Lamb, who was playing in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, to take the St. Louis Blues prospect’s place.

Kootenay has been quite busy, acquiring Brenden Kwiatkowski from Moose Jaw for a ninth-round pick 2019 Wednesday. On Monday they moved Cyle McNabb to Saskatoon for Brandon Machado and a fifth-round 2021 pick. McNabb was picked up last week in a trade from Vancouver for Dallas Hines.

In the only other trade Wednesday, Brandon sent Schael Higson to Kelowna for Braydyn Chizen and a fifth-round 2019 pick.

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