Although the trade may come as a surprise to some, those close to the organization or ‘in the know’ of league rules would understand the reasoning behind the deal. In already rostering two other netminder – Jiri Patera and Ethan Kruger – and Petera being the second import player for the 2018-19 season, the Wheaties had no choice but to ship out one of their veteran keepers, and it certainly wouldn’t be Patera, whom Brandon took in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.
Patera, 19, who was also selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft spent the 2017-18 season playing for Cedar Rapids of the United States Hockey League. He will begin the 2018-19 season as the Wheat Kings’ starter, with 17-year-old Kruger serving as his backup.
Myskiw, also 19, dressed in 22 games for Brandon last season after coming over from the Victoria Royals. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Winnipeg native serve primarily as Dylan Thompson’s understudy. He went 11-5-0 with a 3.41 goals against average and a .887 save percentage with the Wheat Kings. After Thompson suffered a lower-body injury in the 2018 postseason, Myskiw stepped in and performed mightily, playing in 11 games and leading Brandon to the second round with a 3.51 goals against average and a .898 save percentage.