The details of the future considerations owing in the Nic Pierog trade have been announced. To finalize the deal, the Vees have sent forward Josh Blanchard (96) to the Surrey Eagles. Pierog was acquired on January 10th from Surrey, for forward Anthony Conti (95) and future considerations.
Blanchard just completed his first season in the BCHL, where he was limited to just 28 games after suffering a foot injury in early October. Blanchard had three goals and four assists in his rookie season but will be counted on as a regular contributor in Surrey under Peter Schaefer next season.
Talents like Pierog come at a price and Blanchard was the price the Vees had to pay. The Vees know they’re giving up a quality individual but that’s just part of junior hockey. His long-term foot injury really hampered his ability to put up any serious numbers this season, but Blanchard will have every opportunity to put up some solid numbers next season on an up-tempo and skilled Surrey team.
Personally, I hope all the best to Blanchard, who’s a great kid with loads of potential; he’s got some goals in him.