Vancouver Giants Basic Supervisor Barclay Parneta introduced Jan. 10, 2019 that the Vancouver Giants have acquired 2001-born defenceman Nicholas Draffin (Lethbridge, AB) from the Purple Deer Rebels in trade for a seventh-round decide within the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft. [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Stays away from blockbuster, saying that he does not how groups “recuperate,” from giving up a number of high draft picks

The defence corps has been the Vancouver Giants’ energy all season and common supervisor Barclay Parneta continued tweaking it proper up till Thursday afternoon’s WHL commerce deadline.

Parneta acquired blue-line prospect Nic Draffin, 17, from the Purple Deer Rebels simply forward of the cut-off in trade for a 2021 seventh-round draft decide.

Draffin performed bantam for present Giants head coach Michael Dyck and alongside Vancouver star blue-liner Bowen Byram in Lethbridge. He was a 2016 third-round decide of the Rebels and had been taking part in this season with the Calgary Mustangs of the Alberta Junior A league.

Draffin turns into the third rearguard added by Parneta up to now 10 days, together with Seth Bafaro, 18, who had been with the Saskatoon Blades, and Dallas Hines, 20, who was with the Kootenay Ice.

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In corresponding strikes, Parneta stated that Vancouver has re-assigned Ty Ettinger, 18, to Junior A and Parker Hendren, 17, to midget. They’ve additionally positioned Matt Barberis, 20, on waivers, in accordance with the GM. The Kelowna Rockets introduced later within the day that that they had picked him up.

“I’m proud of the truth that we had been ready so as to add with out subtracting an excessive amount of from what appeared to be working earlier than the deadline,” stated Parneta, who additionally introduced in ahead Jadon Joseph in a deal final week with the Regina Pats. “I believe they’re all good suits for the tempo and magnificence that we need to play.

“It’s no secret that our goaltending and our defence have been keys to our staff, and I believe we actually shored that up much more.”

Vancouver (24-12-2-0) is seven factors up on the Victoria Royals (21-15-1-0) atop the B.C. Division and appear to be a staff able to profitable a minimum of a few rounds of playoffs. The Giants made the postseason final 12 months for the primary time in 4 springs, however they haven’t received a sequence since 2010.

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As tempting as going all in as a purchaser and placing collectively a blockbuster for this season might need been, Parneta remained steadfast that the Giants weren’t able to mortgage their future for the current.

Different groups didn’t appear to have the identical technique. The Portland Winterhawks (25-11-3-2), who’re considered one of groups that Vancouver might find yourself combating it out with on the WHL’s Western Convention playoffs, turned some heads across the league on Wednesday after they landed goalie Joel Hofer, 18, from the Swift Present Broncos for six bantam draft picks, together with two first rounders.

“It’s exhausting to not chase a few of these offers,” Parneta stated. “We had been concerned in talks with some groups. We caught with our plan. We didn’t get distracted. We didn’t do one thing that may take away from what we need to do subsequent 12 months or the 12 months after.

“I don’t know the way groups recuperate from buying and selling away a number of first-round picks. We’re making an attempt to construct a sustainable program right here that focuses on the draft and improvement.”

The Everett Silvertips (32-8-1-1), who lead the Western Convention, made their large commerce splash after they added 27-goal man Zack Andrusiak from the Seattle Thunderbirds on New 12 months’s Day for 2 gamers and three draft picks.

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Draffin is 6-foot-Three and 205 kilos and has one objective, 4 factors, an excellent plus-minus and 44 penalty minutes in 35 video games with the Mustangs thus far this season. Parneta says that he might not be part of the Giants for a number of days as a result of faculty commitments.

The Giants return to motion on Saturday, after they play host to the Kamloops Blazers on the Langley Occasions Centre (7 p.m., AM 650).

Ettinger had no targets, three factors, a plus-one ranking and 34 penalty minutes in 31 video games with Vancouver. He was often used as a 3rd defensive pairing with Hendren, who had one objective, two factors, a plus-two ranking and two penalty minutes in 26 video games.

Barberis, who had been with the Giants since they picked him 20th total within the 2013 bantam draft, had gotten into simply 9 video games this season as a result of accidents. He had one objective, three factors, a plus-three ranking and 10 penalty minutes.

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