Regina Pats training camp is right around the corner and the team completed a trade on Monday.
The Pats sent forward Jesse Gabrielle and a fourth-round draft pick in 2017 to the Prince George Cougars for forward Lane Zablocki and a fourth-round draft pick in 2016.
Zablocki was a fifth-round pick of the Cougars in 2013. The Alberta native spend last season with the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL scoring 15 goals and 25 points in 55 games. The year before, Zablocki led the AMMHL in scoring with 81 points in 37 games with the Leduc Oil Kings.
“We are happy to get a young player of Lane’s calibre to add to our program. He bolsters our team’s depth and talent of players born in 1998,” said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock in a news release.
“Giving up a player of Jesse’s abilities isn’t easy. He was a positive force on our team but this move is about the long-term.”
Gabrielle was traded to the Pats last season from the Brandon Wheat Kings for forward Morgan Klimchuk.
During his 33 games with Regina, Gabrielle scored 10 goals and nine assists. Gabrielle was picked 103rd overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2015 NHL Draft.
The Pats open training camp on Aug. 29 at the Cooperators Centre.