First it was Carsen Twarynski, now the Calgary Hitmen have moved out a second longtime player, trading veteran Jordy Stallard to the Prince Albert Raiders along with a seventh round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft in exchange for left winger Luke Coleman and a fourth round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
The two teams announced the deal Tuesday morning ahead of the WHL Trade Deadline.
“Luke is a power forward that will bring a presence to our team,” said Mike Moore, general manager and vice president of business operations for the Hitmen, in a team release. “He is a key addition who is tough to play against with good skating ability, hockey sense, offensive upside and leadership.
“Prince Albert demanded a critical piece in return and while it is difficult to part with Jordy, acquiring a younger player with Luke’s ability was important to us.”
Stallard – a 19-year-old product of Brandon – was a fifth round pick (127th) of the Winnipeg Jets at the 2016 NHL Draft. Originally a fourth round pick (83rd) of the Hitmen at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, the 6-foot-2, 187-pound centre has skated in 158 career WHL regular season games, tallying 102 points (35G-67A), including 27 points (8G-19A) in 32 games this season.
In Coleman, the Hitmen acquire a 6-foot-2, 198-pound product of Red Deer. He attended Detroit Red Wings Development Camp this past summer and also earned an invite to Red Wings Training Camp in the fall.
Originally a fifth round pick (104th) of the Raiders at the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Coleman has amassed 42 points (21G-21A) in 123 career WHL regular season games, including 12 points (7G-5A) in 39 games this season.
Stallard is the second longtime Hitmen player moved ahead of the trade deadline as Twarynski was moved to Kelowna in exchange for Jake Kryski on Sunday evening.
The Raiders are set to host the Hitmen on Wednesday at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert.