This week, the Virden Oil Capitals and Winnipeg Blues put their collective heads together on a three-for-one trade that saw a defenceman head to Manitoba’s capital in exchange for two forwards and a draft pick.
With the 2021-22 regular season just two weeks away, Virden shipped 2003-born blueliner Tyler Teasdale to Winnipeg for 2003-born forward Carter Halamandaris, 2004-born forward Logan Belton and a fourth round selection in the 2023 MJHL Bantam Draft.
With Halamandaris likely spending part of – if not all of – the 2021-22 season within the Western Hockey League with the Swift Current Broncos, Virden also made sure to acquire the 17-year-old Belton in the deal as well. Giving up Teasdale for a player who has never played MJHL hockey and a player who may never lace up in the league again may be looked upon as difficult, but the added level of comfort in the mid-range draft pick does help.
Halamandaris put up four points in five games for the Blues last year while also recording two assists in 16 WHL contests for Swift Current. He skated in his first WHL game for the Everett Silvertips the season prior, following the conclusion of his U-18 AAA career with the Winnipeg Wild. He put up 31 goals and 55 points in 42 games with Winnipeg in 2019-20.
Belton has also spent the past year with the Wild. Graduating from the Monarchs U-15 program following the 2018-19 season, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound forward played for the U-17 Wild team in 2019-20, while occasionally filling in at the U-18 level. He made the full-time progression in time for 2020-21, but COVID-19 had other plans and shut the season down. Belton had back-to-back 36-point campaigns in his last two full seasons of play.
Teasdale is an 18-year-old Winnipeg product who has played 63 total games with the Oil Capitals over the past two years. Putting up a goal, eight points and 56 penalty minutes in his time, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound defenceman will bring some added toughness to the Blues for 2021-22. Much like that of Halamandaris and Belton, Teasdale has also spent time with the Wild, having played the 2018-19 season with the U-18 AAA program following his time with the Monarchs.