By Carter Brooks
Photo by Marissa Baecker
The Brandon Wheat Kings have had themselves a busy start to the 2018-19 season. After winning their first three games, the Wheat Kings made some personnel changes, shipping forward Rylan Bettens and defenceman Ty Ettinger out west in separate deals.
First, Brandon dealt Bettens - an 18-year-old Winnipegger - to the Portland Winterhawks for a conditional pick in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward has skated in 113 WHL games for Brandon over the course of the past two seasons, picking up 11 goals and 19 points in the process.
The Wheat Kings then shipped out Ettinger to the Vancouver Giants for a seventh round selection in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft. Ettinger, an 18-year-old Albertan will now be closer in proximity to his native western roots. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound blueliner is entering his second WHL season, having played 45 games for the Wheaties in 2017-18, collecting two goals, seven points, 47 penalty minutes and a +10 rating in the process.
With their roster now down to 23 players (13 forwards, eight defencemen and two goaltenders) the Wheat Kings are eligible to participate in their next regular season game set for Friday night in Moose Jaw. The Wheaties then travel to Regina for their first matchup against the Pats on Saturday evening. Both games are scheduled for 8:00 P.M. central time. Brandon returns home to Westoba Place on Friday, October 12th as the Warriors roll into town for a 7:30 P.M. showdown.