Blazers make moves as season approaches
The Kamloops Blazers made three roster moves this week.
Back in the fold for the club’s final exhibition game is 15-year-old defenceman Jordan Thomson, the Blazers’ first-round pick (fourth overall) in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.
The highly touted blue-liner, in his only pre-season WHL game, registered one assist against the Victoria Royals on Sept. 5 at McArthur Island Sports Centre.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, 16-year-old defenceman Ryan Rehill was signed to a standard WHL education contract.
“We are pleased that Ryan has signed on with us,” Blazers’ director of player personnel Matt Recchi said.
“He is a big, physical defenceman that had a real strong training camp. We look forward to monitoring his development this season.”
Rehill, who stands six-foot-two and weighs 208 pounds, was the Blazers’ sixth-round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.
Thomson and Rehill will be reassigned to their respective midget clubs after the Blazers’ exhibition game in Prince George against the Cougars on Friday, Sept. 16.
On Wednesday, Sept. 14, Kamloops reassigned 16-year-old forward Devin Oakes to the midget AAA Pursuit of Excellence of Kelowna.
Oakes was pointless in four pre-season games with the Blazers.
Kamloops will be without Josh Caron, Austin Madaisky, Dylan Willick, Jordan DePape, Chase Schaber, Colin Smith, Brendan Ranford and J.T. Barnett on Friday in Prince George, as all eight players are attending NHL training camps.