WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild have acquired Joe Sullivan from the Aberdeen Wings as part of a three-team deal.
The Wild sent forward Blake Roubos to the North American Hockey League South-leading Amarillo Bulls (26-4-4 overall) as part of the trade.
Sullivan, a 5-foot-10 forward, was Aberdeen’s captain and scored nine goals in 32 games with the team this year. The Wings (8-22-4) are last in the NAHL Central.
The Wild (24-5-3) acquired the 18-year-old in part to strengthen their center play and also because of Sullivan’s proven ability as a leader. Sullivan should provide a spark to the special teams units as well.
“He gives us an experienced high-end center that can play either top two lines,” coach Bliss Littler said of Sullivan. “He can play in the power play, several different positions in the power play and kill penalties. He’s a very versatile kid.”
Roubos, a 19-year-old wing, was tied for second on Wenatchee with 27 points. He had 11 goals and 16 assists in 30 games.
“To get yourself a player like that, you have to give up a player, too,” Littler said. “We felt like our strength was on the walls. … You didn’t want to have to part with a player like Roubos, but we felt like we needed to get stronger and a little more veteran down the middle.”
Sullivan will be available for and is expected to play in this weekend’s two-game road series against the Fresno Monsters. Game one is slated for 7:35 p.m. tonight.