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Musketeers Look to Improve Draft, Future in Pair of Moves

February 7, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Sioux City Musketeers News Release

SIOUX CITY, Ia. - The Sioux City Musketeers announced a pair of trades today involving multiple USHL teams.

In a major deal with Omaha, the Musketeers sent defenseman Nolan Krenzen and a 2020 Phase II 5th Round Draft pick to the Lancers in exchange for defenseman John Opilka, affiliate forward Bennett Schimek a 2020 Phase II 1st Round Draft Pick, 2020 Phase II 4th Round Draft Pick, a 2021 Phase II 2nd Round Draft Pick, and future considerations. Opilka has joined the Musketeers and will be in uniform for this weekend's game against Sioux Falls and Fargo.

Musketeers General Manager Andy Johnson commented "We were able to improve our draft standing with multiple high draft picks in addition to immediately adding a reliable defenseman with USHL experience in John Opilka. John is headed to St. Cloud after his USHL career, and Sioux City will be a great place to see him continue to develop. We were also able to add high-end forward Bennett Schimek, a Providence commit who is one of the top prospects in the United States for his birth year".

When asked about Krenzen, Johnson added "It was difficult for us to move Nolan onto the next chapter of his USHL career. He's has been an important piece of our organization over the past two seasons. He has embodied everything that it means to be a Musketeer. We wouldn't have made this trade if we weren't blown away by an offer that helps us not only now but for years to come - and we feel this deal meets both criteria."

In another deal with Sioux Falls, the Musketeers sent affiliate Blake Biondi and a 2020 Phase I 6th Round Draft Pick to the Stampede in exchange for affiliate defenseman Evan Bushy and a 2020 Phase I 3rd Round Draft Pick. Johnson said that adding a puck moving defenseman in Bushy was designed to provide some stability for the Musketeers in the future, adding "Blake was my first draft pick here in Sioux City and is going to be a tremendous player. With the uncertainty of whether or not he's going into school next season we felt like we needed to pursue pieces that have a better chance to be Musketeers for multiple seasons".

The USHL Draft will be held May 4-5, 2020. For questions or interview requests, please contact Musketeers Communications Contacts.

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