it was a busy Thursday with the Saskatoon Blades.
They are on the road in Winnipeg for a double schedule Friday and Saturday against ICE. The Bridge City Bunch met Capital City Under-17 Challenge gold medalist defenseman Tanner Molendyk in Winnipeg and defenseman Rhett Rhinehart is expected to return from a four-game injury absence at the bottom of the body. This will make up for the loss of veteran D-man Charlie Wright with an upper body injury, the Blues and Ors also have a trio of affiliated players with them in forwards Jordan Keller of the Yale Hockey Academy Under-18 and Rowan Calvert of the Moose Jaw U-18 plus goalie Austin Elliott of Notre Dame of the SJHL. They were brought in with goalkeeper Ethan Chadwick sidelined with a lower body injury, striker Lukas Hansen with an upper body injury and striker Igor Sidorov returned home to Belarus to play for his country. at the upcoming World Junior Division 1-A Championship in Denmark. In addition, the Blades acquired 17-year-old forward and product Rosetown Vaughn Watterodt of Kamloops. Saskatoon also gets an eighth-round pick in the WHL Prospects Draft next Thursday while the Blazers get a fifth-round pick in the 2024 Prospects Draft. Watterodt will join the team on Friday morning in Winnipeg. Game time for the Blades and ICE is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a CJWW broadcast on both nights starting at 6:30 p.m.