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Blades address defensive needs, acquire Schuldhaus from Warriors

March Smith

 

With a shortage on their blueline, the Saskatoon Blades moved quickly to address their needs Tuesday, looking to a divisional opponent to help them.

The Blades acquired 20-year-old defenceman Brandon Schuldhaus from the Warriors in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft second round selection in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.

“Brandon is a high character, physical shut-down defencemen with 39 games of WHL playoff experience, and we feel he will bring size and skill to our back end,” stated Blades General Manager Colin Priestner. “We are very excited to add him to our group. We felt it was important to add a player like Brandon now instead of closer to the deadline to get integrated with our group and help us through the busy schedule we have in October.”

A 6-foot-4, 205-pound product of Calgary, Alta., Schuldhaus was originally selected in the fifth round, 103rd overall, by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Since then, he’s appeared in 189 WHL regular season games between the Thunderbirds, Red Deer Rebels, and Warriors, recording 47 points (12G-35A). In 39 career WHL playoff games, Schuldhaus has added seven points (2G-5A).

With the Blades currently on the road in Alberta, Schuldhaus will join the team in Edmonton as they take on the Oil Kings at Rogers Place Wednesday, October 3 (7:00 p.m. MT).

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