The Kelowna Rockets acquired 18-year-old forward Ryan Olsen and two draft picks from the Saskatoon Blades.

Rockets deal top scorer for size and draft upgrade

Kelowna trades Shane McColgan and Jessey Astles to Saskatoon for Ryan Olsen and two draft picks

Shane McColgan’s days in a Kelowna Rockets uniform are over.

The WHL club dealt the California-born centre and forward Jessey Astles to the Saskatoon Blades Thursday for 18-year-old centre Ryan Olsen, along with second and fifth round picks in the Western Hockey League bantam draft.

McColgan led the Rockets in scoring in each of the last two seasons, scoring 18 goals and adding 46 assists in 70 games in 2011-12.

The deal was made, in part,  to help the Rockets improve their status at the draft table on Thursday. Heading into the draft, Kelowna didn’t own a second round pick.

 

Meanwhile, Olsen a 6-foot-2 centre and native of Tsawassennwho had 15 goals and 32 points last season with the Blades, his second full season in the WHL.

“We were looking for a big forward and Ryan has good size,” said Rockets general manager and president Bruce Hamilton. “We wanted to add size and this trade also addresses our needs at this draft. We now have a second round pick and we think Ryan is going to be a great addition.”

McColgan and Astles each played three seasons with the Rockets.

“In losing Shane, we’re losing our leading scorer,” said Hamilton. “I think a fresh start will be good for him. With Jessey, we have a number of guys that play like him and that allowed us to move him. We wish both players all the best.”