The Saskatoon Blades have traded Canadiens second round draft pick Dalton Thrower to the Vancouver Giants of the WHL in return for a conditional second round WHL bantom draft pick.
The Blades will only receive the pick if the Canadiens don’t turn him pro and he returns to the WHL as an over-ager which is unlikely. Unlike Saskatoon teammate Darren Dietz, Thrower has yet to sign a Canadiens contract.
“There are definitely no promises,” the 6-foot, 195-pound Thrower told the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, “I’ve got to go to camp and try and make a team. That’s been my goal since I was drafted by Montreal. It’s not going to be easy. I’ve got to work hard this summer and go there with the right mindset.
“Ending up in Vancouver is definitely a good fallback if things don’t work out for me there.”
Thrower played in the Blades three Memorial Cup round-robin games before being suspended for the remainder of the tournament for a hit to the head on Portland’s Taylor Leier. The Blades lost 6-1 to the London Knights in the tiebreaker game without him.