After a ton of twitter commotion and false reporting yesterday, the big trade has finally happened.
Saskatoon-native Brayden Schenn has been traded to his hometown Saskatoon Blades.
Twitter exploded last night after people jumped on a false report, claiming the deal had been completed. The deal was denied by both the Brandon Wheat Kings and Saskatoon Blades.
But it officially happened this morning.
In return, the Wheat Kings get 15 year old forward Tim McGauley and 15 year old defenseman Ayrton Nikkel. They were the Blades first two draft picks in the 2010 Bantam draft.
Brandon also receives a number of high bantam draft picks in the deal. They are getting the Blades 1st in 2011, 2nd in 2011, 1st in 2012 and a 1st in the Import Draft in 2012.
The Blades also receive a 2012 3rd round pick in the bantam draft.
Schenn is currently out after suffering a grade one separation of his shoulder during the World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo. That was an injury that he played with during the tournament. Despite the injury he was still named the top forward at the event.
It is expected to sideline him for the next 7-10 days.
Schenn started this season in the NHL, with the Los Angeles Kings. He was on the bubble as to whether or not he would make the team. In 8 games with LA, he had 2 assists.
As the Kings were deciding on whether or not to keep him up, they sent him to the American Hockey League to play for Manchester. In 7 games at the AHL level, he had 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points.
After that, the Kings decided to send him back to junior. He played in two games with Brandon before the World Junior tournament, registering 1 goal and 3 assists.
At the WJHC in Buffalo, Schenn had 18 points in 7 games and as mentioned, was named the tournaments MVP.
It was a steep price for the Saskatoon Blades to pay, giving up their two best prospects, and several high draft picks. But, that's the price you have to pay to try and push this team over the top.
The Blades have shown already this year that they are the cream of the crop and that they can beat any team in the league. But now how will they look after adding the top player available at the trade deadline?
We will find out sooner, rather than later.