KENNEWICK -- The Tri-City Americans picked up a rising star Friday when they traded two players and three draft picks to the Regina Pats for 19-year-old forward Carter Ashton.
Americans general manager Bob Tory traded forwards Tanner Olstad, 18, and Nils Moser, 17, to the Pats, along with a first-round bantam draft pick in 2011 and a second- and fifth-round pick in 2012.
"There are a few prime-time guys available and more buyers than sellers," Americans general manager Bob Tory said. "We paid a good price, but we got a good player. This makes us deeper and makes a statement that we like our team and we are prepared to make it better."
Tri-City fans won't be able to get a look at the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Ashton this weekend. The 2009 first-round NHL draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning was invited to Team Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp in Toronto.
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"We wish him the best," Tory said. "He was excited about the trade. He was excited to come to a contending team. It will be good for his career and our team. He will add an immediate impact."
In 29 games this season with the Pats, Ashton has 16 goals, 11 assists and 44 penalty minutes. Regina (8-17-4-1, 21 points) is last in the East Division and ranks 21st among the league's 22 teams.
Ashton, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the son of Brent Ashton, who played for the Saskatoon Blades from 1975-79. Brent Ashton played 14 seasons in the NHL, appearing in 998 games and scoring 284 goals and 629 points.
Olstad played 20 games this season, tallying one goal and three assists. Moser appeared in 20 games with one goal.