The Battlefords North Stars and Flin Flon Bombers announced over the weekend the future considerations from the Cam Blair trade. The North Stars are sending 17 year old defenseman Braden Lacoursiere and 16 year old prospect Brandon Lesko to the Bombers. In exchange the North Stars also pick up Carson and Dawson Boehm.
Lacoursiere is the big piece in this trade outside of the principle at the time it was announced, Blair and Austin Evans. Lacoursiere is a strong and steady young D-man. A right hand shot with some offensive upside Lacoursiere looks poised to be one of the SJHL best all around defensemen in the coming years. He’s also a great kid off the ice and always willing to get involved in the community. It was a little surprising to me that Lacoursiere was involved in the trade. But Cam Blair was the most sought after forward in the league at the trade deadline and the North Stars had to give up a lot to get him. You can see now why the Bombers were willing to do this deal. They also land Lesko a 16 year old forward from Hafford. Lesko had 26 points as a rookie with the AAA Stars this past season. Lesko is a prospect with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen.
The North Stars also pick up a couple prospects in the deal. Both were at Spring Camp. 15 year old D man Dawson Boehm and 18 year old forward Carson Boehm. Carson had 11 goals in 44 games with Beardey’s this past season.
So the final trade is Austin Evans, Braden Lacoursiere and Brandon Lesko to Flin Flon in exchange for Cam Blair, Carson Boehm and Dawson Boehm.
With the piece they acquired from the Brett Boehm, Devin Buffalo and Dillon McCombie trades this season the Bombers look to be one of the top young teams in the SJHL heading into the up coming season.
As for the North Stars? They obviously feel that defense is a position of strength from which to deal. With returning players like Charleson, Fransoo, Yew and Erickson the North Stars do have depth on the back end. They also have prospects on the horizon including the likes of Saskatoon Contact Connor Sych and potentially former AAA Star Alex Pernitsky.
Lacoursiere will be missed though. The Unity native is a dedicated player with a great attitude and a bright future. He and his family were fantastic to me all season. I wish Lacoursiere all the best in Flin Flon.
The North Stars also announced over the weekend that they have retained goalie coach Travis Harrington for the 2014-15 season. Harrington is one of the top goalie coaches in Saskatchewan and helped both Michael Gudmandson and Darren Martin this past season. Gudmandson was named the SJHL’s MVP and Martin was one of the league’s top rookies. With Martin entering his 19 year old season and looking to take over as the team’s number 1 goalie his work with Harrington will be important. Harrington and Martin have worked together since Darren was in midget and they have a very good working relationship which should help Martin develop further. Overall the North Stars goalies will be better for having Harrington in the fold.