The brandon Wheat Kings have dealt Nate Danielson to Portland
The Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings have made a significant deadline day deal, sending star forward and captain Nate Danielson to the Portland Winterhawks.
Sure, the 19-year-old may not need to worry about the cold front currently burying Manitoba in deep snow and icy cold winds, but he also won't have the privilege of serving as team captain of a WHL club - and a very good one at that.
Manitoba's lone Major Junior team has slowly slipped out of its top-five position in the Eastern Conference that it had held earlier in the season, and currently sits in sixth-place with a 20-15-5 record through 40 games of its 68 game schedule.
Danielson, who joins the 25-10-2 Winterhawks, was a 2023 top-10 pick of the Detroit Red Wings. He has 12 goals and 26 points on the season and recently spent the Christmas holiday suiting up for Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, where he put up a goal and three points in his five games played.
In return for the fourth-year player and second-year captain, Brandon received players Nick Johnson and Rhett Ravndahl, as well as the following three draft selections: 2025 1st Round Pick, 2027 1st Round Pick, 2026 5th Round Pick.
With the Wheat Kings, Danielson had 71 goals, 176 points and 94 penalty minutes in 171 regular season games.