With the Canadian Hockey League’s Trade Deadline (3:00 PM, January 10) fast approaching, the Prince Albert Raiders and Regina Pats came together on a trade Thursday that saw two Manitobans swapped for one another while within the province of Saskatchewan.
Goaltending product Max Paddock of Brandon was sent to Prince Albert, while Roblin’s Jakob Brook found himself as part of the return package heading to a rebuilding Regina Pats team. Officially the deal was Paddock for Brook, a 2020 second round Western Hockey League Bantam Draft selection and a 2022 conditional third round pick.
With Prince Albert dealing netminder Boston Bilious to Moose Jaw on Tuesday, the need arose for a strong, veteran goaltender. Despite knowing exactly who he would be dealing with, Raiders’ GM Curtis Hunt heavily pursued the nephew of Pats’ GM John Paddock, in a deal in which he ended up giving away a big part of his future.
“We wish Max all the best in Prince Albert,” said Max’s uncle John Paddock Thursday. He has been our MVP so far this season and has been a great Pat over the last three years… I hope his career takes off playing behind a better team and he gets drafted or something. That would be ideal for him. There’s a good likelihood he’ll be back (next year). They’re going to be a really strong team.”
Brook, 17, was chosen 40th overall in the 2017 bantam draft and had three goals and nine points in 38 games before injuring his knee midway through the 2019-20 season. Brook, who won the WHL championship last year as a 16-year-old, had six goals and 12 points as a rookie.
Paddock, 19, was taken in the 10th round of the 2015 draft, and already has a Memorial Cup all-star recognition to his name as a rookie in 2018. This season, Paddock has been one of the only bright spots for the Pats, as he owns a 10-13-5 record to go along with two shutouts thus far in 2019-20.
The Raiders are battling with the Winnipeg ICE for first place in the East Division, currently sporting a 21-14-6 record through 41 games. The Pats on the other hand, are 12-21-5 and well out of either of the wild card playoff spots.