In one breath, Dean Brockman restocked his cupboard with draft picks by sending St. Louis Blues prospect goaltender Joel Hofer to the Portland Winterhawks. In the next, he added a different veteran presence between the pipes, signing overage goaltender Riley Lamb to a WHL Standard Player Agreement on Wednesday morning.
Brockman, the head coach and general manager of the Swift Current Broncos, was a busy man on Wednesday, landing six draft picks in exchange for Hofer before bolstering the blue paint hours later with the addition of Lamb.
A product of Rivers, Man., Lamb is a veteran of 73 WHL regular season contests, having spent the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons with the Red Deer Rebels after signing with the Club in September 2016.
With the Broncos having dealt star goaltender Hofer on Wednesday morning, Lamb joins rookie netminder Isaac Poulter (2001) in the Swift Current crease.
The 6-foot, 176-pound puckstopper dressed in a career-high 41 contests during his WHL rookie season, going 14-12-5-3 with three shutouts, a 3.39 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. He followed up with 32 appearances in 2017-18, registering a record of 13-11-3-2 with one shutout, a 3.27 GAA and .902 SV%.
Lamb joined the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League to start the 2018-19 season before being dealt to the Yorkton Terriers on January 2. In 29 games split between the Red Wings and Terriers this season, Lamb was 10-15-3-0 with three shutouts, a 3.43 GAA and .910 SV%.
Prior to his WHL days, Lamb enjoyed a successful run with the Yellowhead Chiefs of the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League during the 2015-16 season, recording a 1.82 GAA and .939 SV% in 29 contests.
Lamb is expected to join the Broncos immediately. Swift Current is set to host Lamb’s former squad – the Red Deer Rebels – at 6 p.m. MT on Wednesday evening.