They’re not really buyers and they’re not really sellers, but for the second time in three seasons the Swift Current Broncos could be among the Western Hockey League’s biggest players at the Jan. 10 trade deadline.
“The players we have on our team have value, so they are tradable,” said Broncos head coach and general manager Mark Lamb. “When you have players that aren’t tradable that’s when you’re in trouble. All these players are tradable.”
WHAT THE BRONCOS NEED
In a word: Youth. More specifically, they’d be well-served to add one or two young right-handed shots to their forward ranks. Levi Bews is currently the only one. Those right-handed forwards should be 1995 or 1996-born and include one high-end player and one depth guy. Currently the Broncos top prospects in those age groups (Dillon Heatherington, Brycen Martin, Zack Gonek) are all on defence. And with only four 18-year-olds on the roster – none of them defencemen and one, Shea Howorko, out indefinitely with a concussion – the Broncos may also want to bolster this age group, particularly on the blue line.
WHAT THE BRONCOS CAN OFFER