The WHL’s trade deadline is this afternoon at 2PM, with much speculation that Prince George Cougars’ Captain Dennis Cholowski may be packing his bags.

The 19-year-old defenceman was listed as a healthy scratch during Tuesday night’s game against Vancouver as a precaution, according to Head Coach Richard Matvichuk.

He says nothing has been written in stone yet, but anything can still happen.

“We’ve all seen what Tri-City has done, we know what Everett has done, Swift Current is made some trades, and Regina has made some trades too. There’s a lot of names flying around, and if things don’t happen, then he’s back in the lineup. If things do happen, then it’s obviously a multi-piece deal. Todd [Harkins] has been working very hard; not much sleep going on for him.”

He calls the Detroit Red wings prospect an elite player and among the league’s best, on and off the ice.

Matvichuk believes however, regardless of which trades are made at the end of the day, the team itself has to keep building from within.

“The core that he have here; we’ve got two first-round draft picks this year, we’ve got two first-round draft picks next year, and again, the future is bright here. You look around at all the league’s and you see who’s been drafted in the first round before and have gone on to success in their careers, we’re very excited.”

On Saturday, Cats General Manager Todd Harkins says he’s looking at all options and figuring out the best outcome for all the players, which includes Cholowski.

Prince George has made five trades since the new year began, moving towards a more youthful group; the current average roster age is 17.5 years old.