Two hours after Thursday’s Western Hockey League trade deadline, the Everett Silvertips announced they acquired 19-year-old left winger Robbie Holmes from the Regina Pats for a second-round pick in 2020, a sixth-round pick in 2022 and drafted prospect Sloan Stanick.
“We wanted to get a quality piece to add to our group there and get to 14 forwards,” Everett general manager Garry Davidson said. “We thought that was very important. We believe with Robbie’s experience and where he’s been (that) he’ll fit with our top couple of lines and contribute both ways out there for us.”
Holmes has recorded nine goals and seven assists in 24 games for the Pats, including a run of nine points over his last eight games dating to Dec. 15.
The Sherwood Park, Alberta, native stepped into a bigger role when Regina dealt highly-touted forwards Nick Henry and Jake Leschyshyn to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in a blockbuster trade in November. An 11th-round pick in the 2014 bantam draft, Holmes has recorded 56 points in 148 career WHL games.
Davidson said Holmes projects into Everett’s top-six forward group moving forward.
“Obviously that will be up to his performance and how our coaches want to put our group together there, but I certainly see him as that type of a player,” Davidson said. “…I think he’s positioned as a left wing, and we can use that. Secondly, I think he’s an up-and-down guy that can help on both sides of the puck. He’s going to be a physical presence and help out defensively and work hard in that area, and I think he’s got a high quality package offensively.”
Holmes becomes the fourth Everett player with Memorial Cup experience, joining Sahvan Khaira, Artyom Minulin and Max Patterson. That is no coincidence, according to Davidson.
“That was very important,” he said. “We were looking for a veteran, mature, experienced guy, and we got one. He’s played lots in the league, but he also has lots of playoff experience. That was a big factor in making the move for him.”
Stanick, 15, has posted 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 31 games for the Yellowhead (Manitoba) Chiefs Midget AAA this season. The Rapid City, Manitoba, native was drafted in the seventh round by the Silvertips in 2018 bantam draft.