Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg ICE Hockey Club announced on Thursday that it has made two trades resulting in the acquisition of the second overall pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. Also coming to the ICE is ‘99-born defenceman Reece Harsch.
First, the ICE acquired the 2019 third overall draft pick along with Harsch from the Saskatoon Blades.
In exchange, the Blades receive the 2019 ninth overall pick, a 2019 second round pick, a 2020 second round pick and a 2021 fifth round pick. Three of the four draft picks being sent to the Blades were acquired by the ICE via trade during the 2018-2019 season. The ninth overall selection along with the 2020 second round selection were acquired by the ICE in a blockbuster trade with the Red Deer Rebels in November 2018. The 2021 fifth round pick was sent to the ICE by the Blades in exchange for Cyle McNabb in January 2019.
The ICE then acquired the second overall draft pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for the 2019 third overall pick and a 2020 third round pick (originally held by Moose Jaw).
Harsch, from Grande Prairie, Alberta, has played three full seasons in the WHL. The six-foot-three, 198-pound blue liner split time between the Blades and Seattle Thunderbirds during the 2018-2019 campaign. In 57 regular season games, Harsch scored four goals and added 16 assists for 20 points. He added one assist in eight playoff games.
Throughout his WHL career, Harsch has played in 178 regular season games scoring 17 goals and adding 40 assists for 57 points. He has played 33 playoff games and captured a WHL Championship with the Thunderbirds in 2017.
Below is an updated list of the draft picks held by the ICE:
4th Round – 68th Overall
4th Round – 81st Overall (from Spokane)
6th Round – 110th Overall (from Victoria)
6th Round – 127th Overall (from Lethbridge)
7th Round – 142nd Overall (from Victoria)
8th Round – 156th Overall
8th Round – 157th Overall (from Regina)
8th Round – 169th Overall (from Spokane)
10th Round – 200th Overall
10th Round – 203rd Overall (from Kelowna)
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