Let’s Remember Some Trades: Western Conference Edition

Herald file photo. Brayden Watts, pictured in this file photo from the 2019-20 season, was the part of the most recent trade between Prince Albert and Vancouver.

In Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Herald, I went over the most recent trade the Prince Albert Raiders have made with every Eastern Conference team. Today is part two of Let’s Remember Some Trades as we go over the most recent deal the Raiders have made with everyone in the Western Conference.

U.S. Division

Portland Winterhawks

Raider GM Curtis Hunt and Portland GM Mike Johnston struck a deal on deadline day last season. Prince Albert sent the rights to Ozzy Wiesblatt to the Rose City in exchange for a conditional first round pick in 2025 and a pair of conditional second round picks in 2026.

Wiesblatt never appeared in a game for Portland, remaining with the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda, so this trade was a moot point.

Everett Silvertips

The Raiders picked up goaltender Keegan Karki from the Everett Silvertips on Jan. 3, 2020 in exchange for a 2020 fourth round pick. Karki only played three games as a Raider posting a .852 save percentage and a 4.30 Goals Against Average.

Everett selected defenceman Hoyt Stanley with the pick who currently plays for Cornell University, an NCAA Division I program. He never appeared in a WHL game.

Tri-City Americans

The Raiders picked up forward Tanner Gould from Tri-City on Oct. 11, 2022 in exchange for a 2026 seventh round pick. Gould skated in 11 games as a Raider posting zero points and six penalty minutes. He currently plays for the Comox Valley Glacier Kings in the VIJHL

Spokane Chiefs

Prince Albert acquired the services of netminder Donovan Buskey from the Spokane Chiefs on Aug. 31, 2018 in exchange for a 2020 sixth round pick. Buskey played 11 games as a Raider, posting a 9-1-0-0 record, a 3.15 Goals Against Average and a .870 save percentage.

With the draft pick, Spokane selected defenceman Kyle Federico who has not played a game in the WHL.

Seattle Thunderbirds

The Raiders and Thunderbirds last came to a trade agreement earlier this season. On Sept. 28, 2023, Owen Boucher, along with a sixth-round pick in 2025 were sent to the Pacific Northwest in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2027.

B.C. Division

Prince George Cougars

On Sept. 12, 2019, the Prince Albert Raiders traded forward Davin Griffin to the Prince George Cougars in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick. Griffin appeared in 45 games with the Cougars and registered two points. It appears the conditions on the pick were not met.

Victoria Royals

The Prince Albert Raiders acquired the services of defencemen Remy Aquilon back on Sept. 11, 2019 in exchange for a seventh round pick in 2020.

In 142 career games as a Raider, Aquilon tallied 49 points. He is currently suiting up for the Mount Royal University Cougars in USPORTS.

Through a series of trades, the pick ended up in the possession of the Spokane Chiefs who selected forward Nolan Kelly, who currently plays for the KIJHL’s North Okanagan Knights. He has not played a WHL game.

Kelowna Rockets

It was a relatively minor move the last time the Raiders and Rockets came to terms on a deal. On Sept. 14, 2023, the Raiders traded a 2024 sixth round pick to Kelowna in exchange for a 2025 sixth round pick.

Vancouver Giants

The Raiders acquired the services of Brayden Watts from the Vancouver Giants on Sept. 24, 2019 in exchange for a fifth round pick in 2021.

Watts posted 61 points in 61 games as a Raider before the 2019-20 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pick the Raiders traded was used by the Giants on defenceman Linden Burrett, who has not appeared in a WHL game and plays for the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers.

Kamloops Blazers

Kamloops and Prince Albert agreed to a deal on Dec. 12, 2019 seeing the Raiders acquire goaltender Devan Harrison in exchange for a conditional 10th round pick in 2021.

Harrison never appeared in a game for the Raiders and the conditions on the draft pick were not met.

Wenatchee completes blockbusters with Swift Current, Moose Jaw Thursday.

With the 2023-24 WHL trade deadline less than a week away, the Wenatchee Wild swung a pair of blockbuster trades with Eastern Conference teams.

The Moose Jaw Warriors swooped in to acquire the services of Buffalo Sabres prospect Matthew Savoie. In return, the Wild receive a first, third and sixth round pick in 2024, an eighth round pick in 2025, a second round pick in 2026, along with a first and seventh round pick in 2027.

Savoie has posted 24 points in 11 games in the WHL this season. In 160 career games with the Winnipeg ICE/Wenatchee Wild organization, Savoie posted 84 goals and 132 assists. He was selected ninth overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft and first overall in the 2019 WHL Prospects Draft.

The Swift Current Broncos also swung a deal with Wenatchee acquiring Arizona Coyotes prospect Conor Geekie. In return, Wenatchee receives 17-year-old defenceman Josh Fluker, 17-year-old forward Maddix McCagherty, 18-year-old defenceman Sam Ward, a first and second round pick in 2025, a first round pick in 2026 and a seventh round pick in 2027.

Geekie has posted 49 points in 26 games for the Wild this season. He was drafted 11th overall by Arizona in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. In 186 games for the Winnipeg ICE/Wenatchee Wild, Geekie has posted 219 points.