When Jordy Stallard was travelling with his Calgary Hitmen to Saskatoon, he thought he was just playing against the Blades on Tuesday.
That all changed in the morning.
Stallard was instead shuttled up to Prince Albert as the Raiders acquired him along with a seventh round pick in a deal from the Hitmen, for Luke Coleman and a fourth round pick in 2018.
“I don’t think anything’s settled in quite yet,” a shocked Stallard said before his first practice as a Raider on Tuesday.
Stallard’s first game in his Raider tenure will oddly enough be against the Hitmen on Wednesday, where he played the last three seasons.
“That’s definitely going to be pretty weird,” Stallard said. “Mixed emotions right now. There’s shock but I’m excited to get things going here. It’s a fresh start.”
The Stallard deal is the Raiders’ 16th of the season. In what has been a rebuilding year, the Raiders have dealt away star players like Reid Gardiner, Rylan Parenteau and Brendan Guhle.
But the Raiders have added a 19-year-old scorer in Stallard, who has 27 points in 32 games. He’s now the second highest scorer on the Raiders behind only Czech playmaker Simon Stransky (30 points in 33 games). Stallard is one of just four 1997-born players currently on the team, including newly acquired Curtis Miske, Nick Heid and import Stransky.
“I’m just trying to come in here and take a strong leadership role as a 19-year-old, hopefully make a push this year and help out the team,” Stallard said. “It’s a good step in the right direction for my career for hockey. I’m just going to try to make the best of this situation, lead and do everything right that I can.”
The Prince Albert Traders continue dealing
Here is the incoming and outgoing chart for all 16 of the Raiders trades this season. These totals do not include the Dalton Yorke deal last draft day, or the waiving and subsequent pick up of 20-year-old Kolten Olynek.
Incoming: Jordy Stallard, Brayden Pachal, Nick Heid, Nic Holowko, Cameron Reagan, Nicholas Sanders, Adam Kadlec, Cavin Leth, Max Martin, Kolby Johnson, D-Jay Jerome, Curtis Miske. Picks in 2017, 1st round pick (in 2017 or 2018), 3rd round, 5th round, 6th round, 7th round. Picks in 2018, 1st round, 3rd round, 4th round, conditional 6th round, and conditional round pick. Picks in 2019, 3rd round, conditional 5th round.
Outgoing: Reid Gardiner, Brendan Guhle, Rylan Parenteau, Luke Coleman, Layne Bensmiller, Trey Fix-Wolansky, Cal Babych, Brennan Riddle, Josh Maser, Zack Andrusiak, Nic Holowko. Picks in 2017, 4th round, 6th round, 7th round. Picks in 2018, 3rd round, two 4th round pics, 7th round conditional. Picks in 2019, 7th round.
The Raiders are holding a post-deadline press conference at 4 p.m. More updates will be available shortly after then.
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