First, Colton Dach was traded from the Kelowna Rockets to the Seattle Thunderbirds, making Seattle the official WHL bandwagon destination for Blackhawks fans.
TRADE: the @SeattleTbirds have added @NHLBlackhawks prospect and #WorldJuniors gold medalist Colton Dach in a Saturday deal with the @Kelowna_Rockets.— The WHL (@TheWHL) January 7, 2023
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The trade of Dach means that there are now three Blackhawks prospects playing with the Thunderbirds. Kevin Korchinski, Chicago’s No. 7 overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, started the season in Seattle while Nolan Allan, Chicago’s No. 32 overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, joined the Thunderbirds in a November trade.
Additional good news on the Dach front emerged on Saturday afternoon in the tweet below from Ben Pope of the Sun-Times, providing updates on the injury that prematurely ended Dach’s time with Canada at the World Juniors.
A couple Colton Dach updates:— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) January 7, 2023
1) The ugly-looking shoulder injury he suffered in World Juniors is not expected to require surgery and he is expected to return this season. That's surely a relief for the Blackhawks.
Seattle has a 28-4-1-1 record in the WHL this season, sitting atop the US Division standings.
Elsewhere in the CHL, the Mississauga Steelheads traded Ethan del Mastro to the Sarnia Sting:
#TradeAlert : Ethan Del Mastro and Luca Del Bel Belluz have become the newest members of #Stingnation following an exchange with the Mississauga Steelheads.— Sarnia Sting (@StingHockey) January 7, 2023
Full release here: https://t.co/WsfT9mk9iD#SwarmWarning pic.twitter.com/261yO07E6m
At this year’s World Juniors, del Mastro quickly became one of the most-trusted blue-liners for Canada, skating higher and higher quantities of ice time as the tournament progressed. He’ll likely see plenty of ice time with the Sarnia Sting, which has a 17-12-4-2 record (40 points), good for third place in the OHL’s West Division.