The Red Deer Rebels filled a vacant overage slot Wednesday afternoon, acquiring 1996-born forward Austin Glover from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for 1999-born centre D-Jay Jerome and a third round pick at the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
Glover, a veteran of 190 career WHL regular season contests, has notched 26 points (12G-14A) in 35 games with the Raiders this season. Originally a second round pick (37th) of the Kelowna Rockets at the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, the product of Clavet, Sask., was dealt to Prince Albert as a key part of the deal that saw defenceman Josh Morrissey head to Kelowna in December 2014. Over his 190-game career, the 6-foot-2, 187-pound centre has produced 114 points (41G-73A), including career highs in assists (26) and points (36), set in 2014-15 with the Raiders.
The Rebels were left with a vacant overage slot after the release of goaltender Trevor Martin earlier this year. Glover joins forward Evan Polei and defenceman Colton Bobyk as the Rebels’ trio of 20-year-olds.
For the rebuilding Raiders, they move out another veteran piece while adding another budding talent.
Jerome, a 6-foot, 170-pound product of Lethbridge, has skated in 23 WHL regular season games, in this his rookie campaign in Red Deer, collecting eight points (5G-3A) to date.
With Glover’s departure opening a 20-year-old slot in Prince Albert, the Raiders added a familiar face in a subsequent move Wednesday evening.
Kolten Olynek, a 5-foot-8, 165-pound forward from Sasktoon, returns to the Raiders after being released by the Saskatoon Blades earlier this year. A veteran of 217 career WHL regular season outings, Olynek spent 49 games with the Raiders between 2015-16 and 2016-17 before being released earlier this season and joining the Blades. A former second round pick (26th) of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Olynek has managed 61 points (25G-36A) over his WHL career, including 13 points (7G-6A) in 31 games this season, split between Prince Albert and Saskatoon.
Olynek is expected to join the Raiders in time to suit up for tonight’s contest against the Blades.