I know they stock up teams with deals like trading a player to a championship contender and getting that same player back in the offseason ect.
But of eighteen first round picks there was thirteen of those picks traded. That left five picks in the original teams' hands. The Dub might have five first rounders traded at most in their tweny two picks.
They have a league full of wild gamblers over there, guys who are quick to go all-in and trade every young player and draft pick they have in hopes of winning - then turn around the next year and trade all their vets to get young guys and picks back. Then do it again, etc.
The G.M.s in the WHL tend to be more conservative and more content to just tinker every year - pick up one player or trade one vet.
Is one a better way than the other? Well, the "Q"'s trades are a lot more entertaining, that's for sure.