Winnipeg product Chad Smithson found himself on the move to Edmonton, along with recent WHL regular season champ Jacson Alexander and a sixth round selection in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. Going the other way is Chase Lacombe, Matthew Culling a 2020 second round selection, and a 2019 fourth round pick.
The four-player, seven-piece deal was completed Tuesday morning after a few hours of deliberation. The move sends Smithson – who just completed the 2017-18 season with the Winnipeg Thrashers of the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League – to Alberta as a 17-year-old just in time for training camp and the preseason. Smith has yet to sign his WHL agreement.
Smithson collected six goals, 13 points and 17 penalty minutes in 41 games on the blueline for the Thrashers last season. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound defenceman spent the previous three years playing for the Winnipeg Hawks, putting up 20 goals, 36 points, and 108 penalty minutes in 97 games over Bantam 1, 2 and City Midget.
Smithson originally went 136th overall in the seventh round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft to the Swift Current Broncos. In return for Smithson and Alexander, the Broncos receive a low-scoring 16-year-old defenceman in Lacombe, and a highly productive 17-year-old forward with a handful of games of WHL experience.