The Lloydminster Bobcats have made their first move of the off-season by acquiring a forward from the Melfort Mustangs.
On Wednesday, the club announced they picked up Drew Warkentine from the Mustangs in exchange for defenceman Andrew Liwiski and forward Jacob Tibbatts. Warkentine played 87 WHL games with his hometown team Prince Albert Raiders, along with 45 games in the SJHL.
The forward had 15 goals and 16 assists in 36 games with the Mustangs last year. Bobcats Head Coach and GM Travis Clayton says they’re confident Warkentine can be a top-line forward for the club and also provide some leadership in the room.
In order to get Warkentine, the Bobcats gave up two players. Liwiski who played his rookie season with the team, scoring two goals and four assists. Tibbatts, on the other hand, was traded to the team from the Battleford North Stars at the 2018 trade deadline.
Clayton thanks both of the players for their contributions to the team and says they will have a good chance to develop their skills in Melfort.
“It’s tough giving up the likes of guys like Liwiski and Tibbatts, but unfortunately, you have to give up good talent, in order to acquire good talent.”