Broncos acquire Nathan Burns from Blades

Steven Mah
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The Swift Current Broncos have made their first deal ahead of the Western Hockey League trade deadline, adding overage forward Nathan Burns from the Saskatoon Blades.

Burns, a 6'2'', 175-pound Edmonton native, had 16 goals and 27 assists in 40 games with the rebuilding Blades. He also boasted a plus-five rating for a team that had allowed 53 more goals than they had scored. Burns is a veteran of 281 WHL regular season games and nine playoff games.

Heading the other way is overage forward Connor Sanvido as well as prospect Wyatt Sloboshan, and two draft picks. Sanvido, a Maple Ridge native had recently endured a 16-game pointless streak directly on the heels of a nine-game point streak. He finished with 12 goals, 14 assists and a plus-13 rating in 40 games in a Bronco uniform.

Burns and Sanvido were both late scratches for the Blades' 6-3 win in Saskatoon Wednesday afternoon. "In the case of Nathan Burns, he's been tremendous for us," said Blades General Manager Lorne Molleken in a team release.  "We acquired him for our Memorial Cup run last season and he's been everything we needed him to be and more. He's a great player and leader, a determined young man. We want to wish him all the best."

Sanvido, along with Andrew Johnson, was acquired from the Seattle Thunderbirds on August 4th for a fourth round pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft.

Sloboshan was the Broncos third round pick in the 2012 draft with a pick acquired in the Cody Eakin deal with Kootenay Ice. He has 54 points in 30 games with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Prep Midget AAA team and is currently skating for Team West at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Also heading to Saskatoon is a second round pick in 2014 and a conditional third round pick in 2015. Swift Current also received a seventh round pick in 2014.

Organizations: Western Hockey League, Okanagan Hockey Academy Prep Midget AAA, Swift Current Broncos Saskatoon Blades WHL

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Edmonton, Maple Ridge Swift Current

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