By Taylor Allen
New team, no problem. Blue and yellow lookin’ good on Castellano
On January 2, Brady Castellano was relaxing on his couch watching a Winnipeg Jets game on TV. When the game began, Castellano was a member of the Selkirk Steelers. By the time the game ended, he was a member of the Winnipeg Blues.
Castellano received a phone call informing him that Selkirk had traded him to Winnipeg for forward Kyle Wiltshire.
Selkirk needed to make a deal to get younger, as they would have too many 20-year olds on the roster next year. Castellano, who turned 20 in February, was the odd man out.
“At first, I was shocked,” said Castellano, who had 17 points in 35 games with the Steelers this season. “With everything that was going on, I felt it could happen in the offseason, but I wasn’t expecting for it to happen right then and there. But, it’s been good for me and I’m happy it happened.”
It didn’t take long for Castellano to adjust to playing for the blue and yellow. In 21 games with his new team, Castellano has already exceeded his point total with Selkirk, as he has scored eight goals and registered 10 assists for Winnipeg.
“It’s not usually easy (playing on a new team), but the guys have been a big help,” said Castellano, a Winnipeg native. “They took me in right away and made it easy to adjust. I’m getting the opportunity to play a lot of minutes and I’ve been able to take my game to another level since I’ve been here.”
Castellano hasn’t been here for long, but he already likes what he sees. He believes the team is playing good hockey at the right time and he’s excited for the playoffs.
“We got a good team and we all know it, everyone in the room knows it,” Castellano said. “We can compete with anyone in the league.”