Raiders acquire Schaufler from Thunderbirds for draft pick

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Loeden Schaufler is the newest member of the Prince Albert Raiders after a trade from the Seattle Thunderbirds.

The Raiders acquired the 18-year-old defenceman from the U.S. Division club in exchange for an eighth-round selection in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

The trade was announced the morning after the Thunderbirds had defeated the Raiders by a 4-1 score at the Art Hauser Centre, pulling themselves to 2-2 on their six-game road trip through the East Division.

Schaufler adds to the Raiders’ blue line with a 6-foot-1, 184-pound frame. The DeWinton, Alta. product has appeared in 21 games during the 2018-19 WHL Regular Season, recording two assists.

The defenceman was originally selected by the Kootenay ICE in the third round, 56th overall, of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Schaufler made his WHL debut September 23, 2016 and appeared in 37 games with the ICE before being traded to the Thunderbirds on October 8, 2018. Overall, Schaufler has appeared in 57 WHL regular season games, posting eight assists.

Schaufler came to the WHL from the Notre Dame Midget AAA Hounds, where he appeared in 79 games, posting 42 points (12G-30A).

For the Raiders, it’s their second trade of the day after acquiring Bryce Bade from the Calgary Hitmen earlier this morning.

Up next for the Thunderbirds on their road trip is a date Friday, January 11 (7:00 p.m. CT) against the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Raiders are in action next against the Portland Winterhawks on Friday, January 11 (7:00 p.m.) at the Art Hauser Centre.

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