Raiders swap pick for Leason; send two to junior A

Brett Leason carries the puck while playing for the Tri-City Americans. Judy Simpson/Submitted by Tri-City Americans

The Prince Albert Raiders added some size to their crop of forwards on Wednesday, trading for centreman Brett Leason with the Tri-City Americans.

In exchange for Leason, the Raiders sent the Americans a 2018 third-round bantam draft pick, which they had a originally acquired last season from the Washington-based team in a trade for then-Raider Rylan Parenteau.

Through 68 games with the Americans last year, the six-foot-four-inch Leason scored 8 goals and had 10 assists for 18 points, which included one powerplay goal and one game-winning goal.

He’s listed at 206 pounds on the Raiders’ roster.

In a press release sent out by the Raiders, general manager Curtis Hunt said, “Brett will be a good compliment to our group of forwards. He has good size and a good hockey sense.”

The 18-year-old is from Calgary.

Through 12 games this season, he has one goal.

The hockey club also reassigned two of its players to the junior A level on Wednesday.

Forward Brock Sottile was sent to the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, while goalie Nicholas Sanders was sent to the same hockey level, but has yet to decide which junior A team he will play for.

The Raiders traded for Sottile on Sept. 19, sending a conditional draft pick to the Spokane Chiefs for the 18-year-old.

Raiders goalie Nicholas Sanders readies himself for a shot in October 2017 WHL play from Prince Albert. Evan Radford/Daily Herald

Through ten games this year, Sottile had one assist and tallied 21 penalty minutes. He primarily saw production on the Raiders’ fourth line as a grinder.

Sanders came to Prince Albert by way of the Parenteau trade with Tri-City on Oct. 13, 2016.

Through four games with the Raiders this year, Sanders earned a 0.854 save percentage and a 4.89 goals against average.

He had one loss and one overtime loss.

“Both players have been great examples of what it means to be a Raider,” Hunt said. “We wish them the best in their hockey careers.”