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Musketeers Complete Earlier Season Trades by Adding Trio of Players

March 27, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Sioux City Musketeers News Release

SIOUX CITY, Ia. - The Sioux City Musketeers have completed a pair of earlier season trades by adding a trio of players to the team. Forwards Chase Bradley and Brenden Olson, and defenseman Ethan Edwards will all join the Musketeers for the 2020-21 season.

Olson and Edwards join the Musketeers as a part of the trade that saw the Musketeers send Ian Malcolmson and Sam Stange and a Phase II 4th Round Draft Pick to the Stampede in exchange for Brian Carrabes (Boston U.), departing forward Austin Heidemann (Mercyhust) and a 2020 Phase II First Round pick.

In 47 games for the Stampede, the Minnesota State (Mankato) bound Olson scored 10 goals and added 5 assists while serving as an Alternate Captain for the squad. Musketeers General Manager felt like the speedy winger would have an immediate impact on the team, adding "He's an incredible penalty killer and an offensive threat any time he's on the ice due to his speed and competitive nature. This will be Brenden's third year in the USHL which gives us added experience to a forward group that already returns some really nice pieces."

Edwards is a Michigan commit that spent last year playing for the Spruce Groves Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, where he recorded 9 goals and 24 assists in 50 games in his first full season of junior hockey. As a 2020 NHL draft eligible player, Edwards is ranked 85th by NHL Central Scouting's ranking of eligible draft prospects. Musketeers Head Coach Luke Strand added "Ethan is a high-end skater with outstanding hockey sense that will give our blueline a boost immediately next season. When I watch him play, he reminds me a lot of (former Sioux City defenseman) Neal Pionk in the way he can control the powerplay."

Bradley, a Northeastern commit installs himself into the Musketeers 2020-21 lineup completing a trade that saw the Musketeers trade defenseman Nolan Krenzen and a 2020 Phase II 5th Round Draft pick to the Lancers in exchange for current Musketeer defenseman John Opilka, affiliate forward Bennett Schimek a 2020 Phase II 1st Round Draft Pick, 2020 Phase II 4th Round Draft Pick, and a 2021 Phase II 2nd Round Draft Pick. "We expect Chase to blossom in his third year in the USHL after spending the previous two years in Omaha where he was a tender. Chase gives us an experienced center that plays hard and with an edge." says Johnson. Coach Strand added "Chase brings us size and experience down the middle of our lineup. His balance of skill and edge will be a welcome addition."

The USHL Draft is currently scheduled for May 4-5, 2020.

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