The roster reshaping has begun in Regina as the Pats prepare to host the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup in 2018.
Tuesday afternoon, the Pats announced the acquisition of overage forward Matt Bradley (1997) along with a second-round pick (2018) and fifth-round pick (2019) from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for goaltender Jordan Hollett (1999).
“We are excited to add a player of Bradley’s caliber,” said John Paddock, head coach and general manager of the Pats. “He adds skill and hard work to our group and comes from a winning program in Medicine Hat.”
Bradley, a product of Surrey, B.C., and 2015 fifth-round pick (131st) by the Montreal Canadiens, racked up career highs in 2016-17 with 34 goals, 43 assists and 77 points in 70 games. Over the course of 209 career WHL games, the 6-foot, 195-pound forward has collected 168 points (74G-94A).
He was originally a second-round pick (38th) of the Tigers at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
The addition of Bradley gives the Pats seven eligible overage players, including goaltender Tyler Brown, defencemen Connor Hobbs and Sergey Zborovskiy, as well as forwards Filip Ahl, Austin Wagner and Wyatt Sloboshan. NHL prospects Hobbs (Washington Capitals), Zborovskiy (New York Rangers), Ahl (Ottawa Senators) and Wagner (Los Angeles Kings) are not expected to return for their respective 20-year-old campaigns.
“The Tigers would like to thank Matt for his years of dedication and contribution on and off the ice in Medicine Hat,” said Shaun Clouston, head coach and general manager of the Tigers. “We wish him all the best in Regina with the Pats.”
In exchange, the Pats ship out Hollett – a promising young goaltender ranked 15th among North American netminders by NHL Central Scouting for the 2017 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old product of Langley, B.C., went 15-2-2-0 with a 2.83 goals-against average (GAA), .901 save percentage (SV%) and two shutouts through 19 appearances in an injury-shortened 2016-17 campaign.
“We are excited to acquire a goaltender of Jordan’s caliber,” Clouston said. “Jordan is one of the top 1999-born goaltenders in the Western Hockey League and gives us depth at a very important position for years to come. We would like to welcome Jordan and his family to the Tigers’ organization.”
With the addition of Hollett, the Tigers now have three goaltenders on their roster, including a pair of overagers in Michael Bullion and Nick Schneider.
“We wish Jordan all the best in Medicine Hat,” Paddock said. “He has been a credit to our organization, on and off the ice.”
In 43 career WHL regular season appearances, Hollett is 25-9-3-0 with a 3.30 GAA, .892 SV% and two shutouts. The 6-foot-5, 194-pound Hollett was originally a first-round pick (14th) of the Pats at the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.
The Regina Pats will celebrate their 100th anniversary season in 2017-18, capped with hosting the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup in May 2018.