The Moose Jaw Warriors upgraded at the overage position ahead of Tuesday’s WHL Trade Deadline, acquiring veteran forward Thomas Foster, a fifth round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft and an eighth round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for forward Brayden Watts, a second round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft and a fifth round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
“This was a hard deal for us to do,” said Ron Toigo, majority owner of the Giants, in a team release. “Thomas has been a great soldier for the Giants ever since we drafted him. He’s been a rock for our organization over the last couple years, but we felt it was important to send him to a place where he will have an opportunity to win. We wish him the best of luck with Moose Jaw the rest of the season.”
A 6-foot, 186-pound product of Slave Lake, Alta., Foster has 28 points (10G-18A) in 38 games this season. Selected in the first round (20th) of the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, the veteran has skated in 259 career WHL regular season games, collecting 126 points (42G-84A) along the way.
In Watts, the Giants receive a 6-foot, 163-pound second-year forward who hails from Bakersfield, Calif. Selected in the third round (62nd) of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, Watts has notched nine points (7G-2A) in 97 career WHL regular season contests.
In order to make room for Foster, the Warriors placed 20-year-old Dakota Odgers on waivers.