Pats acquire Sloboshan from Chiefs in exchange for Cole, Woods

Larry Brunt


The Regina Pats have added another veteran to an already dangerous lineup, acquiring 19-year-old forward Wyatt Sloboshan and a third round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for 19-year-old forward Rykr Cole and 18-year-old forward Riley Woods.

The two teams announced the deal Monday morning.

“Sloboshan adds skill and leadership to our club,” said John Paddock, head coach and general manager of the Pats, in a team release. “He will be a valuable contributor on our team down the stretch.”

Sloboshan, a product of Vanscoy, Sask., was dealt from the Saskatoon Blades to the Chiefs, along with defenceman Nolan Reid, prior to Christmas in a deal that saw defenceman Evan Fiala and forward Markson Bechtold land in the Bridge City.

In 146 career WHL games, the 5-foot-10, 184-pound centre has amassed 91 points (33G-58A), including 16 points (4G-12A) over the course of 30 games this season. Sloboshan served as the Blades’ captain prior to his departure.

Heading south of the border are Cole and Woods. Cole was originally drafted by the Pats, being selected in the third round (63rd) of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, while Woods was listed.

“Riley is a skilled left wing with good offensive ability who will fit on our top two lines,” said Scott Carter, general manager of the Chiefs, in a team release. “Rykr is a solid two-way player who can play on both wings and brings an edge to his game.”

Cole, a 6-foot, 185-pound product of Moosomin, Sask., has registered 57 points (27G-30A) in 166 career WHL regular season games, including 13 points (6G-7A) in 34 contests this season. Cole established career highs in goals (12) and points (23) over the course of 63 regular season games during the 2015-16 campaign in Regina.

Woods, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound product of Regina, has collected 27 points (15G-12A) in 59 career WHL regular season games, including 13 points (6G-7A) in 28 outings this season.  He recorded 14 points (9G-5A) in 31 games with the Pats during his rookie season in 2015-16.

“The entire [Pats] organization wishes Rykr and Riley success with the Chiefs,” said Paddock. “They have contributed to our success this year and we know they will translate that to Spokane.”

The Pats hold down first place in the WHL’s East Division with a record of 25-3-6-1 (57 points) and return to action Tuesday (8 p.m. Saskatchewan) when they visit the Medicine Hat Tigers.

With a record of 15-16-5-1 (36 points), the Chiefs are six points back of the Seattle Thunderbirds (19-14-3-1, 42) and a Western Conference wildcard position. The Chiefs get back at it Wednesday (7:05 p.m. Pacific) when they visit the Kelowna Rockets.

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