WICHITA, KS – With Thunder head coach Kevin McClelland citing a need to “move some of the deadwood,” and the defense needing a power play quarterback, the team announced a significant trade with the Alaska Aces Tuesday.
The Anchorage Daily News reports that forward Dean Chelios, son of NHL Hall of Famer Chris, and defenseman Landon Oslanski will be coming to the Air Capital.
Chelios, 26, will be the second one from the famous bloodline to play in Wichita. His uncle Steve did so from 1992-94. In 14 games this season with the Aces, Dean has produced five points (2G, 3A) and is a -5. More broadly, in his 71 game ECHL career, he has produced 30 points with three different clubs.
Oslanski comes to Wichita, for his fifth stop with an ECHL franchise. In 157 games, Oslanski has produced 69 points (20G, 49A) from the blueline and is a career -16. While patrolling the Aces blueline in this season, he has produced 7 points (3G, 4A) and is a -1. There is no doubt Oslanski will be asked to quarterback Wichita’s inept powerplay, which has shown signs of life in the last two games.
Heading to Anchorage is rookie forward Anthony Deluca and defenseman Daniel Johnston.
The 20-year-old rookie found himself never really found a groove in Wichita, splitting time between the reserve list and ice. Deluca tallied six points (1G, 5A) and was a -5 for the Thunder.
Daniel Johnston becomes the third defenseman shipped out by Kevin McClelland. Johnston made his debut last Friday night against the Tulsa Oilers and had a pair of turnovers that led to goals for the Oilers. This will be Johnston’s fifth ECHL club, having seen time with the Idaho Steelheads, Evansville IceMen, Colorado Eagles and Wichita Thunder.
Wichita returns to action Saturday night, when they will play the Missouri Mavericks at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.