The Swift Current Broncos made one of their biggest acquisitions in franchise history on Thursday when they acquired forward Conor Geekie from the Wenatchee Wild in exchange for three players and four draft picks, including a pair of first-round picks.
The 6’4’’ centre has 20 goals and 29 assists in 26 games with the Wild this season. He registered 35 goals and 42 assists in 66 games last season with the Winnipeg Ice before added 17 points in 19 playoff outings.
Geekie, a Strathclair, MB product, was the 11th overall pick by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2022 NHL Draft. He recently represented Canada at the World Junior Championship in Sweden and finished with two goals and one assist while laying 14:02 per game over five games.
“We’re very excited to add a player like Conor Geekie to our group,” said Broncos General Manager Chad Leslie in a team statement. “His combination of size, skill, hockey sense, and compete make him one of the most impactful players in the WHL. His experience in the post-season, paired with his experience at the World Juniors will be beneficial for our group as we push to the playoffs.”
The players headed to Wenatchee are defenceman Josh Fluker, defenceman Sam Ward, and forward Maddix McCagherty. The draft picks are first-round picks in 2025, and 2026, along with a second-round pick in 2025 and a seventh-round pick in 2027.
Fluker was the Broncos first-round pick, seventh overall, in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft. He has 17 points and a plus-two rating in 101 games with the Broncos over parts of three seasons in Swift Current.
Ward has eight points in 61 games with the Broncos over the past two seasons. The younger brother of Mathew Ward was a free agent signing of the Broncos.
McCagherty has five goals and six assists in 21 games with the Broncos this season. He started the year with the Broncos last season and appeared in 11 games without a point. The Kelowna product was a second-round pick in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft.
The Broncos are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference with an 18-15-2-2 record, only four points back of Moose Jaw for third.
The Broncos will host the Spokane Chiefs on Friday and the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday.