Thursday, December 10, 2009

Another deal!

From Greg Harder's Slap Shots

Parker pulls trigger again
By Greg Harder Thu, Dec 10 2009

The Regina Pats are about to announce yet another major trade — this one with the Vancouver Giants.

The Pats have acquired D Mitch Spooner, 17, LW Cass Mappin, 19, and the rights to RW Mikael Jung, 17, for G Derek Tendler, 17, a fifth-round bantam pick in 2011 and their first-round pick in the 2010 CHL import draft.

We'll have more when the deal becomes official.

** UPDATE **

Done deal!

We told you following Wednesday’s blockbuster with Lethbridge that the Pats were talking to Vancouver about acquiring a defenceman. Those discussions ended up bearing fruit — albeit in a deal that’s much bigger than originally expected.
Mappin, 19, gives the Pats another top six forward who (like Craig Orfino) fills a need as a player who’s expected to return next season as a 20-year-old. Vancouver had acquired him on Sept. 29 from the Red Deer Rebels for import sniper Andrej Kudrna. The Giants acquired Mappin to play centre, but it apparently didn’t turn out to be a good fit. The Pats will use him in his natural position, left wing, allowing Brett Leffler to move back to his natural position on the right side.
Mappin has four goals and 14 points in 26 games between Red Deer and Vancouver this season. In 2008-09, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder had 17 goals and 39 points in just 56 games.
Spooner, a 6-foot-0, 190-pounder, was a first-round pick (19th overall) in the 2007 bantam draft. He’ll take the place of Alex Pym, who left the team on Monday. Even before Pym’s departure, the Pats had been hoping to add a 17-year-old D-man to balance out their back end, which was dominated by 18-year-olds. Spooner is in his first season with Vancouver, recording one goal, two assists and eight penalty minutes in 20 games.
Jung is playing for the BCHL’s Cowichan Valley Capitals, the same team that Regina native Drew George refused to join after they acquired him in a trade. Jung, a sixth-round pick in the 2007 bantam draft, is a major-league speedster who has six goals and nine points in 27 games with Cowichan. It hasn’t been determined if he’ll join the Pats immediately.
This deal accomplishes a number of needs for the Pats. Mappin gives them a potential impact forward who should return next season as a 20-year-old. Spooner replaces Pym while adding depth on the back end. He and Jung also give the Pats some skill, speed and depth in an age group which they’re thin, especially on defence.
To make it happen, they had to give up a talented goalie prospect in Tendler, who was deemed expendable after he was beaten out for the backup job by Dawson Guhle. Tendler is playing for the SJHL’s Estevan Bruins, with whom he posted a 5-6-1 record and a 3.14 GAA.
The import pick isn’t a huge loss since it should end up being a low first-round selection anyway (assuming the Pats are able to climb the standings). That pick and the fifth-rounder can be replaced down the road if necessary.
Clearly, the Pats are “going for it.” Whether you agree with that approach or not, Parker certainly deserves credit for beating his fellow GMs to the punch — and making his team significantly better (on paper) in the process.

We'll see how it pans out.

Cass Mappin
Position: Left wing.
Hometown: Big Valley, Alta.
Age: 19.
Ht: 6-foot-1. Wt: 190 pounds.
Season Team GP G A PTS PIM
2005-06 Red Deer 3 0 1 1 0
2006-07 Red Deer 23 1 0 1 37
2007-08 Red Deer 64 5 12 17 89
2008-09 Red Deer 56 17 22 39 81
2009-10 RD/Van. 26 4 10 14 32

Mitch Spooner
Position: Defence
Hometown: Port Moody, B.C.
Age: 17.
Ht: 6-foot-0. Wt: 190 pounds.
Season Team GP G A PTS PIM
2007-08 Vancouver 3 0 1 1 0
2008-09 Vancouver 3 0 0 0 0
2009-10 Vancouver 20 1 2 3 8

Mikael Jung
Postion: Forward.
Hometown: Nanaimo, B.C.
Age: 17.
Ht: 5-foot-10. Wt: 175 pounds.
Season Team GP G A PTS PIM
2009-10 Cowichan (Jr. A) 27 6 3 9 8

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