The Moose Jaw Warriors made the first big splash ahead of Tuesday's Western Hockey League trade deadline as they picked up 20-year-old Cam Braes from the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The Warriors dealt their first round pick in 2012 and their second round pick in 2013 to Lethbridge.
“I’ve had success in my first year when we got to the WHL finals and the next year when we upset Saskatoon in the first round,” said Braes. “I haven’t made the playoffs in two years and I can think of no better feeling than to win a championship in my final season.”
Braes, the Hurricanes captain, is in his fifth season in the WHL. He leads the Canes with 24 goals and 45 points in 44 games. Last season he netted 31 goals and 61 points in 71 games.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound product of Shawnigan Lake, B.C. has played 320 career regular season games and has netted 99 goals and 203 points. Braes also has 25 games of playoff experience.
The Warriors also traded defenceman Tyler Vanscourt to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for a fifth round pick in 2012.
Vanscourt played 14 games with the Warriors and scored once and added three assists. He had 17 points in 26 games with Prince Albert to start the season.
The Warriors gave up fourth and fifth round picks in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft to Prince Albert to acquire Vanscourt.