The only thing missing from this past week was Wayne Brady, as the Outlaws brass played “Lets make a deal” with a trio of Conference foes.
First up was a trade last Saturday with the Abbotsford Pilots. The Outlaws acquired forward Jackson Waniek and defenseman Royce Rossignol for assistant captain Kyle Lennea.
On Sunday, forward Jacob Dorey moves down Highway 7 as he was picked up from the Ridge Meadows Flames for defenseman Brendan Murphy
Wednesday, Surrey Knights forward Nathan McCarnan became the latest player to join the Silver and Black attack, switching places with Trevor Sundher.
The Outlaws feel they’ve addressed a number of needs with these deals.
In Waniek, they add a 20 year old 6’2 winger who has scored 59 goals over 133 regular season games in the PJHL, including 22 last season. He also had a good playoffs with the Pilots, picking up 7 points in 8 games. He’s had a taste of life at the Junior ‘A’ level playing in 40 games between the BCHL and SJHL. Very effective when he’s not serving time in the box. He had 3 minors in his Outlaws debut and amassed 93 minutes in penalties last season.
Rossignol brings a wealth of experience to a young blue-line. A big body at 6’2, 215 lbs, he’s another 20 year old who’s played the majority of his hockey at higher levels. He’s played 7 games in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors, 45 games split between BC, Ontario and Saskatchewan in Junior ‘A’ and spent parts of 3 of the past 4 seasons with the Pilots. He won’t bring a bunch of offense to the table, but should keep opposition forwards honest while molding the next group of Outlaws blue-liners. Here’s video of a tussle he had in the “Dub”.
Dorey is a 19 year old hard working winger with size. He’s 6’2, 190 lbs and has 3 points/34 PIMs in 11 games with the Flames. Will add grit to the bottom 6.
McCarnan is a speedy forward that plays much bigger than his 5’5 frame would indicate. He had 28 points in 39 games split between the Knights and Wolfpack last year. North Van did a nice article on him in his rookie year you can read here
Tonight’s game will be the first opportunity for fans at the MLC to see Waniek and Rossignol in action. They both played in the 7-4 loss to the Steelers on Sunday, with Waniek scoring. McCarnan and Dorey are game time decisions.