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Blades deal Kustra, pick to Royals for draft pick

Steve Hiscock/Saskatoon Blades

 

Defenceman Jake Kustra is headed to Vancouver Island following a Monday trade between the Saskatoon Blades and Victoria Royals.

The 19-year-old defenceman was dealt to the Royals along with a seventh-round selection in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. The pick packaged with Kustra in the deal is the same pick acquired by the Blades in the trade for Tyler Lees last July.

“Jake has been a warrior for our club for the past three and a half seasons, but with nine defencemen on our roster we felt this was a good return and ultimately a great opportunity for Jake to get back to playing once he’s medically cleared,” explained Saskatoon Blades general manager Colin Priestner.

Kustra, a product of Yorkton, Sask., was originally selected in the second round, 34th overall, of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. The 6-foot-0, 176-pound left-shot defenceman has appeared in 10 games during the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season with the Blades, recording a single assist. Kustra made his WHL debut with the Blades on February 7, 2015, picking up an assist in the game. He’d later score his first career WHL goal on October 4, 2015 against the Vancouver Giants.

In 169 WHL regular season games, Kustra has posted 31 points (6G-25A), including one short-handed goal and one game-winning goal.

Kustra is a product of the Notre Dame Midget AAA Argos program in the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League.

The Blades are back in action Tuesday, December 11 (7:00 p.m. CT), playing host to the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Royals are on the ice next against the Portland Winterhawks, hosting the U.S. Division club for a pair of games beginning Tuesday, December 11 (7:05 p.m. PT).

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