The Ice Wolves are lacking in experience, something Coach Bob Beatty values greatly.  The Humboldt Broncos are, well, very overstocked in the experience department, so it comes as no surprise (ties between the teams aside) that Broncos Coach and GM, Dean Brockman and Beatty were able to help each other out.

The Wolves acquire 20-year old centre, Pat Tran (5'9, 179 lbs), in return for the ambiguous 'Future Considerations'.  I have zero insight as to what the 'Futures' would be, but I doubt it will be a player to be named later.  Seeing as Humboldt was dealing from surplus, it's not a deadline deal and finally, Beatty doesn't make 'player to be named' deals often. 

As for Tran, he played in 29 games last season for Humboldt and tallied five goals to go with five asists and 20 penalty minutes.  In six playoff games, he also added two assists.

Coach Beatty says about Tran, "We're getting an experienced centreman that's played in the league, he's got two years of junior hockey under his belt and he's a gritty forward that plays with a little bit of bite and is good on the faceoffs."

Beatty also mentioned Tran was a penalty killer in Humboldt, so it isn't a stretch to say he could be anchoring the Wolves shut down unit even strength and consistently taking draws on the PK.  Definitely not a bad player to add to the mix.

Where do you think Pat Tran fits into the Ice Wolves lineup?


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