Michael Farren is on the move, headed back to beautiful British Columbia.
The Saskatoon Blades dealt the 18-year-old forward to the Rockets Thursday in exchange for a third round selection in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
“Michael texted me Monday morning to let me know he wasn’t satisfied with his role on the team and would be flying home to await a trade,” explained Saskatoon Blades’ General Manager Colin Priestner. “We are disappointed in Michael’s decision, but this draft pick is an asset that allows to us to improve our team if needed in the future. We wish him the best in Kelowna.”
Farren is a solid offensive add for the Rockets, contributing five points (1G-4A) in eight games during the 2018 WHL Regular Season. After being passed over in the WHL Bantam Draft, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound product of Surrey, B.C. has posted solid numbers in the WHL, accumulating 57 points (20G-37A) in 133 WHL regular season games, including nine power-play goals and two game-winning goals.
“He’s a skilled guy who we are hoping can come in and put up some good offensive numbers,” said Rockets Assistant General Manager Lorne Frey. “He’s a younger guy, hopefully a two-to-three year guy, and we think he can help us move ahead offensively. We’re trying to get more offence injected into the team and were hoping that he can help as he’s a young, talented kid. We’re looking ahead to the future.”
As the Rockets search for a spark to ignite a slow start, Farren brings more upside to an offence that has produced 21 goals through their first nine games of the season. Joining the team, Farren now sits fourth in scoring, tied with similar five-point performances from defencemen Lassi Thomson and Kaedan Korczak. Still very young in his WHL career, Farren could see his way into a top-six role this season as the Rockets progress towards hosting the 2020 Memorial Cup presented by Kia.
The Rockets are back in action Friday, October 12 (7:05 p.m. PT) against the Tri-City Americans to begin a home-and-home that’ll conclude Saturday, October 13 (7:05 p.m. PT) at Prospera Place.