At the trade deadline 10 days ago, the Wheat Kings traded forward Richard Mueller, the team’s leading scorer, for 19-year old Adrian Foster of the Saskatoon Blades. In his first game as a Wheat King, Foster scored the team’s only two goals, including the game winner in OT. In 4 games with his team, Foster has accumulated 3 goals and an assist. Although it may seem to be too early to determine which team got the better end of the deal, I feel that Brandon has come out on top.
In Foster, they have acquired a legitimate 1st line sniper, and no drop in production in comparison with Mueller. Additionally, Adrian has a much better upside, along with bringing more size and strength up the middle. There are still those critics who believe that Foster is too injury prone, but i do not agree. Foster has only been seriously injured once, and is almost at 100%. I believe that his nagging abdominal injuries are behind him and that the sky’s the limit for him. The New Jersey Devils and Dave Conte must have known and believed this as well since they drafted him with their first round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft even though CSB did not even rank him in their report.