Tips solve overage dilemma by trading Petryk

The Silvertips cleared up their overage situation today, trading winger Reid Petryk to Edmonton in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft and a sixth rounder in 2015. The third-round pick is Prince George’s, while the sixth rounder is Edmonton’s.

Petryk spent one-and-a-half seasons with the Tips after being acquired from Medicine Hat at the trade deadline in 2012. In 103 games with Everett the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder had 27 goals and 33 assists, and last season he was named the team’s Unsung Hero. He attended training camp with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers in September, and in being traded to the Oil Kings he’s headed home as he’s from Edmonton.

Petryk’s trade means forwards Joshua Winquist and Manraj Hayer and defenseman Matt Pufahl will be Everett’s overagers this season.

This was an extremely difficult choice for Everett. The Tips had four quality overage candidates for three spots, and I could see an argument for keeping any combination of the three. Winquist, the team’s leading scorer both last season and so far this season, probably had an inside track. So too did Pufahl, being a defenseman who was acquired during the offseason. So it probably came down to a choice between Petryk and Hayer. Both bring a lot to the table, with Petryk being a big, strong winger and Hayer being a speedy center. Both scored exactly 40 points last season. The tiebreaker was probably Hayer’s production in the preseason (when he led the league in scoring) and the first two games (when he scored three goals). Hayer also has developed some incredible chemistry with Brayden Low, and the line of Hayer, Low and Carson Stadnyk has probably been Everett’s best line so far this season.

It’s also likely that Petryk brought back more in a trade than Hayer would have. A third and a sixth is a pretty good return for an overager. Everett doesn’t have a second-round pick in next year’s bantam draft — it was part of the package sent to Portland to hire Garry Davidson as general manager. So picking up a third helps alleviate that issue.

With Petryk traded, Everett is down to 25 players — 14 forwards, nine defensmen and two goaltenders. The forwards and goaltenders are at the right numbers. However, the Tips are still a little heavy on defense, so another move probably still needs to be made.

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