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Defense Prospect Nick Walters To Join Rivermen

The Blues' 2012 fourth-rounder will practice and play with Peoria for the balance of the 2012-13 season.

Defenseman Nick Walters, seen here with the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings, was the Blues' 5th selection (106th overall) in last summer's Entry Draft.  Photo courtesy of -
Defenseman Nick Walters, seen here with the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings, was the Blues' 5th selection (106th overall) in last summer's Entry Draft. Photo courtesy of -
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Brandon, MB. -- The 2012-13 hockey season will continue for at least one member of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings.
Veteran defenceman Nick Walters is off to Peoria later today where he will join the Rivermen for the balance of the American Hockey League season.

Story at Brandon Wheat Kings website.

This move also may have ramifications for the organizational future of Brett "Tree" Ponich. The 6' 7, 225-pound Ponich was assigned to Alaska of the ECHL on Mar. 19, following the arrival of 2010 draft pick Jani Hakanpää in Peoria. A few days later, veteran defenseman Mark Cundari suffered a knee injury during Peoria's 3-0 win over the Chicago Wolves on Mar. 23.

That the Blues decided to bring the junior-age Walters in for a look-see during Cundari's absence, rather than returning Ponich from Alaska, could signal that the Blues have made up their minds about Ponich's future. Next year will be the final year of Ponich's ELC, and he has already spent some time in Evansville earlier this season.

NW BW Nick WALTERS
D, shoots L. 6' 2, 200 lbs. Born 04-11-94, Edmonton, Alberta. CAN
STL 5th pick (106th overall) in 2012.
SEASON CLUB (LEAGUE) GP GL AS PT +/- PM PP SH GW
2012-13 Everett (WHL) 35 1 9 10 -19 70 0 0 0
2012-13 Brandon (WHL) 29 0 9 9 -15 36 0 0 0
2012-13 ... WHL TOTALS 64 1 18 19 -34 106 0 0 0
2012-13 Peoria (AHL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0