The Kootenay ICE and Saskatoon Blades came together on a trade Monday afternoon, sending 18-year-old forwards Brandon Machado and Cyle McNabb to new teams.
As part of the deal, the ICE also acquired a fifth-round selection in the 2021 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
A 5-foot-10, 183-pound product of Airdrie, Alta., Machado is a sizable add for the ICE. He was originally selected in the fifth round, 101st overall, by the Blades at the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Machado made his WHL on January 27, 2017 and scored the first goal of his WHL career on January 16, 2018. Overall, Machado has appeared in 97 WHL regular season games, posting seven points (3G-4A).
“Cyle adds size and speed to our lineup and being a right shot who can play both centre and wing was appealing,” explained Saskatoon associate general manager Steve Hildebrand. “We’re excited to have him join our club this week.”
Headed the other way in the deal is McNabb, a 18-year-old forward from Winnipeg, Man. The 6-foot-1, 191-pound forward was listed by the Vancouver Giants on September 5, 2016 and has played in 98 WHL regular season games during the course of his career since then, totalling 12 points (2G-10A), including one game-winning goal.
McNabb made his WHL debut on September 22, 2017 and scored his first goal October 7, 2017 against the Tri-City Americans. McNabb has also appeared in six WHL playoff games. McNabb was dealt to the ICE Friday in exchange for 20-year-old defenceman Dallas Hines. He played three games with the ICE with one assist and two penalty minutes.
“While it was certainly not our intention to move Cyle when acquiring him, after conversations with him, this was determined to be in the best interest of the player,” said Matt Cockell, President and General Manager. “Brandon is a player that we have had discussions with Saskatoon about for quite some time and we look forward to adding a player who is excited about his opportunity with our team.”
A product of the Rink Hockey Academy Prep program, McNabb recorded 25 points (9G-16A) in 29 games during the 2016-17 season in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.
The Blades are in action next Tuesday, January 7 (7:00 p.m. CT) against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Up next for the ICE is a date against the Lethbridge Hurricanes Wednesday, January 9 (7:00 p.m. MT) in southern Alberta.