With high-scoring defenceman David Quenneville expected to miss extended time after being injured earlier this week, the Medicine Hat Tigers bolstered their blueline by acquiring 19-year-old rearguard Jordan Henderson from the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft on Thursday afternoon.
“Jordan is a solid defender that will add depth to our back end,” said Shaun Clouston, head coach and general manager of the Tigers, in a team release. “We are excited to add a veteran player with valuable league experience at this time.”
Henderson, a 6-foot, 180-pound product of Vancouver, is a veteran of 132 career WHL regular season contests, amassing 17 points (2G-15A) along the way. Originally a fourth round pick (72nd) of the Spokane Chiefs at the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, he has tallied eight points (1G-7A) in 35 games this season, split between the Chiefs and Blades.
Quenneville was lost for the foreseeable future after suffering an injury in Tuesday’s loss to the Regina Pats. The New York Islanders prospect (2016, seventh round – 200th) is currently leading all WHL defencemen in scoring with 48 points (20G-28A) through 38 outings.
The Blades wished to extend their thanks and gratitude to Henderson for his contributions to the team and community of Saskatoon during his time in the Bridge City.
The veteran is expected to join the Tigers in time for Saturday’s contest when the Vancouver Giants visit Medicine Hat.