The Saskatoon Blades added some young potential to their blueline Thursday, announcing the acquisition of 17-year-old defenceman Seth Bafaro from the Tri-City Americans in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft and a fifth-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.
Bafaro, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound product of Revelstoke, B.C., suited up for 28 games during the 2016-17 campaign – his WHL rookie season in Kennewick.
“Seth is a highly competitive player who we have liked since his bantam draft season,” said Colin Priestner, general manager of the Blades. “He moves the puck well and fills a need at 2000-born ‘D’ men.”
With 1996-born defenceman Bryton Sayers – a veteran of 205 WHL regular season games – aging out at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, the Blades had a sizeable void to fill on the back end. Bafaro has an opportunity to step in and take on a big role within a young Blades club that appears to be on the rise after narrowly missing out on the 2017 WHL Playoffs.
Selected 49th overall in the third round of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, Bafaro has tallied one assist in 31 career WHL regular season games. He found his way into three contests with the Americans during the 2015-16 season.
Prior to his time in the Tri-City area, Bafaro developed at the Okanagan Hockey Academy. He registered 17 points (4G-13A) in 35 games during his final campaign of CSSHL hockey in 2015-16.