WHL prospect and 2014 Telus Cup Champion Dakota Boutin has been shipped to the Saskatoon Blades.
Selected 50th overall by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, the Wheaties announced on Saturday that they have dealt the Moosomin product to the Blades in exchange for a conditional fourth round pick in 2015.
In a Wheat Kings press release, coach and GM Kelly McCrimmon explained that a "logjam" at the team's forward position was the primary motive for dealing the 17-year-old Prince Albert Mintos forward.
"We have a number of returning forwards and rookies that will battle for roster spots," McCrimmon said. "This will help alleviate the problem."
With the Mintos last season, Boutin tallied five goals and eight assists during the Saskatchewan Midget-AAA Hockey League regular schedule.
At the 2014 Telus Cup in Moose Jaw, Boutin netted a triple-overtime goal to capture the national Midget-AAA title for the Mintos in a thrilling 4-3 triumph over the Grenadiers de Chateuguay.
The game was the longest ever in Telus Cup history eclipsing the previous marathon that also included the Mintos when they won their first championship in three overtime periods in 2006.
Coincidentally, the Mintos also needed two overtime sessions when they claimed their last title in 2007.
In the tournament, Boutin tallied three goals and three assists in seven Telus Cup games.
Boutin will battle for a spot on the Prince Albert Raiders' arch-rival's roster when Blades training camp kicks off later this month.