The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced today that they have made a three for three trade with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Hurricanes have acquired defenseman Kord Pankewicz and forwards Brett Kitt and Ryley Lindgren in exchange for Reid Duke, Macoy Erkamps and Tak Anholt.
The Hurricanes add size and grit to both the defense core and forward group with this trade, as well as youth as all three players acquired are 18-years-old.
Pankewicz, a first round draft pick by the Wheat Kings in 2011, is 5’11” and 203 pounds. In 88 WHL games with Brandon, the Leduc native has scored one goal, while adding 14 assists along with 85 penalty minutes. In his final year in Midget AAA with the Leduc Oil Kings, the left-handed rearguard scored 15 goals and 37 points in 33 games.
Kitt is a tough customer. The 6’1, 200-pound left winger will be a welcome addition to the bottom six forwards for the Hurricanes adding size which certainly lacks up front for the young Lethbridge club. In 41 career games with the Wheaties, the Brandon product collected five goals and five assists with 55 penalty minutes. In midget, he also proved he can score as he knocked in 25 goals and 51 points in 42 games in his final year.
The third piece, Ryley Lindgren will play a key role on the Hurricanes likely sliding into the second line. The forward, who can play centre or right wing, has nine goals and 19 points to his credit through 75 WHL games with Brandon. The 5’11, 194-pounder from East St. Paul, Manitoba also showed signs of being an offensive threat in midget scoring 24 goals and 50 points in 49 games in 2012/13 with the Winnipeg Thrashers.
While the Hurricanes lose three players, only one of them was on the roster. Reid Duke just recently returned to Lethbridge after attending the Minnesota Wild training camp this fall. The former first round draft pick held out from training camp before reporting just before exhibition games began. Meanwhile, Macoy Erkamps held out completely not reporting to the Hurricanes after spending his first three seasons with Lethbridge.
Hurricanes Press Release:
Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes swung a multi-player deal Tuesday sending Reid Duke, Macoy Erkamps and prospect Tak Anholt to Brandon for 18 year old’s Ryley Lindgren, Kord Pankewicz and Brett Kitt.
5’11, 194 pound Centre Ryley Lindgren, the Wheat Kings 5th round Bantam pick in 2011, has played 75 games for Brandon with 19 points (9G, 10A). Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager, Brad Robson likes Lindgren and what he can bring to the hockey club. “He’s a good, hard-working and gritty two-way centre. He’ll help us both in the offensive and defensive zone and he’ll continue to get better with time. We expect him to be a 30 to 40 point guy on the team.”
Left winger, Brett Kitt, at 6’1 and 201 pounds put up over a point a game in Manitoba’s Midget Triple A hockey league. In 37 games with the Wheat Kings last season he registered 10 points. Kord Pankewicz, a 5’11, 205 pound defenceman, has 15 points in 88 games with the Wheat Kings. In 4 games this season he is a +2 plus/minus rating with a goal. “Kitt is a big, strong physical player who wins battles, he’s strong on the forecheck and hard to play against. Pankewicz is a former first round pick of the Wheat Kings. He’s a big, strong kid with offensive upside, he plays both end of the rink and his experience in the league is a valuable addition to the team” commented Robson.
Duke, a 2014 6th round NHL draft pick of the Minnesota Wild was the Hurricanes 5th overall selection in the 2011 Bantam Draft. The native of Calgary had career highs in goals, assists and points last season with 40 points (15G, 25A) in 62 games. Erkamps was drafted by the Hurricanes in 2010 and played 66 games where he led all defensemen in scoring with 31 points, including 26 assists. Last season, Tak Anholt, the Hurricanes 2nd round pick in 2013 played with the Vancouver NW Giants of the BCMML. In 33 games he tallied 21 points including 12 goals.
The Hurricanes wish the best to all players as they continue their hockey careers with Brandon.