The Brandon Wheat Kings and Portland Winterhawks swung the first trade of the week Tuesday, sending overage winger Evan Weinger to the province of Manitoba.
In return, the Winterhawks received a third-round selection in the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
Weinger has been a solid producer throughout the past three seasons for Portland. Originally drafted in the 13th round (284th overall) of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, the right winger from El Segundo, Calif. Has 89 points (37G-52A) in 187 regular season games along with 97 penalty minutes. In 30 playoff games, Weinger has added 10 points (3G-7A) and 10 penalty minutes.
“We’ve had some difficult decisions this year with the return of several high-quality overage players,” said Head Coach, General Manager and Vice President Mike Johnston. “It is always difficult to move a player who has been part of the organization since the Bantam draft.
“Evan is a player who is just beginning to reach his potential and I believe with a quality program like Brandon he will continue to excel in this league and eventually at the professional level.”
As the overager deadline looms, the move solved a roster problem for the Winterhawks while creating one for the Wheat Kings. The Winterhawks are left with forward Alex Overhardt, defenceman Keoni Texeira and WHL Goaltender of the Week Cole Kehler as their overage players.
The Wheat Kings meanwhile find themselves with four overage players in Weinger, defencemen Kade Jensen and the injured James Shearer as well as goaltender Logan Thompson.