The leading goal-scorer in major junior hockey is headed to a team already armed with plenty of offensive firepower.
The Calgary Hitmen pulled off a blockbuster trade Thursday, acquiring centre Joel Broda from the Moose Jaw Warriors in a deal involving three players and two draft picks.
Broda, 19, leads the Canadian Hockey League with 36 goals in 39 games. He joins a Calgary team that has a WHL-best 187 goals, and boasts three of the league's top-six point-scorers in Brandon Kozun (64), Brett Sonne (55) and Kyle Bortis (54).
The Hitmen (37-5-1-1) are the top-ranked team in the CHL, and are on a season-high 12-game winning streak.
"Joel Broda is a dynamic offensive talent and will further strengthen our centre ice position," Hitmen general manager Kelly Kisio said in a statement.
Broda and 19-year-old winger Tomas Karpov were sent to the Hitmen in exchange for 18-year-old centre Brendan Rowinski along with second-and seventh-round picks in the WHL bantam draft. Karpov has four goals and eight assists in 38 games this season.
"Tomas Karpov is a very good skating solid player who played extremely well against us last season in the playoffs," said Kisio.
Rowinski, who turns 19 on Friday, had 12 goals and 19 assists in 33 games for the Hitmen.
The Hitmen also made a minor deal, acquiring left-winger Kris Foucault from Kootenay for right-winger Ryan Fox in a swap of 18-year-olds. Foucault spent the majority of the season with the Canmore Eagles of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, scoring 18 goals and adding 23 assists in 32 games.
"Kris is a skilled forward who has excelled in the AJHL and will add more depth to our line-up," Kisio said in a statement.
Fox had a goal and three assists in 22 games with Calgary.
The Vancouver Giants made their own splash Thursday, picking up defenceman Nick Ross and forward Alex Rodgers from the Kamloops Blazers. Ross had four goals and 18 assists in 40 games for the Blazers, while Rodgers posted four goals and 15 assists in 44 games.
The Blazers, sitting a distant third in the B.C. Division - 26 points back of the conference-leading Giants - landed defenceman Curtis Kulchar, third-and fourth-round selections in the 2009 draft and a second-rounder in 2010.
Kulchar had one assist in 22 games with Vancouver.
"Curtis is a steady defenceman who fits in nicely with our younger blue-line," Blazers vice-president and GM Craig Bonner said in a statement. "We feel he will help improve our back end this season and in the future."
The Blazers made another move, acquiring centre Seth Compton from Spokane for right-winger Brady Calla. Compton, 20, had five goals and 10 assists in 40 games with the Chiefs. Calla, 20, had five goals and eight assists in 19 games with the Blazers.
The day's other trade saw the Moose Jaw Warriors pick up forward Dylan Hood from the Kelowna Rockets for forward Ryley Grantham and a fifth-round pick in 2011. Hood, 18, had 19 points (8-11) in 37 games with Kelowna. Grantham, 20, had eight goals, five assists and 132 penalty minutes in 38 games with the Warriors.
The WHL trade deadline is Saturday.