Two months after winning the Western Hockey League championship, theEdmonton Oil Kings'offseason continues on Tuesday, with the team traded a key player. Helped the club win his Ed Chynoweth Cup.
The Oil Kings said the club traded 20-year-old forward Jalen Luypen for two young players in exchange for the Tri-City Americans announced the players: 18-year-old forward Rhett Melnik and 19-year-old defenseman Bryson Andregg.
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, Americans with some conditional draft picks.
"Jaylen was a true example of the Oil King on and off the ice," Edmonton general manager Kurt Hill said in a tweet on his Twitter account for the club. rice field.
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His commitment to the community will be lost.”
“Jalen was a true example of #OIlKing on and off the ice. His commitment to the community will be missed as much as he is and has been a huge part of the success our group has had over the past four seasons.” – GM Kurt Hill pic.twitter.com/g4z47fZDfZ
— Edmonton Oil Kings (@EdmOilKings) August 9, 2022
Season 2021-22 as Oil Kings It was Louis Penn's best season. Recorded 29 goals and 35 assists in 66 regular season games.
The Kelowna native will join the Chicago Blackhawks in the 7th round of the 2021 NHL. Chosen. He took the entry draft and signed an entry-level contract with the Hawks earlier this month.
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Hill acknowledged that comebacks are important when moving "a player like Jaren", but said the Oil Kings are excited to add Melnik and Andregg.
"Both of them have been a big part of our group this season and moving forward. will occupy,” he said in the next post. His website at Oil Kings.
Fort his Melnyk, who played minor hockey at Saskatchewan, scored 27 points in his 86 career his games in the WHL.
"He has good skills with his set and a high hockey IQ, offensively he can produce offense in the zone," Hill said of Melnik. "He's a local player we know well and will be a big part of our forward group moving forward." scored 7 points.
"He's a great skater who carries the puck well," Hill said of the defenseman. "Bryson has a good first pass and defends well on the lowdown."
After the deal was announced, Luypen tweeted how grateful he was to be an oil tycoon. did.
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"How grateful I am to be able to say that I was able to wear that jersey for four years of his life. I can't express it," he tweeted.
"Thanks to all my teammates along the way, and to all the staff. I love YEG.
I'm almost in tears, I can't express how grateful I am to be able to say I've been able to wear that jersey for four years of my life. It's been an incredible experience, thank you to all my teammates and staff along the way.Overhauling the YEG-loving coaching staff
The Oil Kings will be appointed the team's new assistant coach Tuesday. announced the hiring of Serge Lajoie as both player development manager and player development manager.
The 53-year-old joins new head coach Luke Pierce on the Edmonton bench, who joinedBrad Lauer last month. Promoted from the Oil Kings to replace, he has accepted an offer to become assistant coach for the NHL's Winnipeg Jets this summer.
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" I think Serge will fit in well with the players and will be a big help in their development going forward," Hill said of Lajoie. “Serge has a long list of coaching experience at different levels of the game, which makes him a perfect fit for our group.
“His knowledge of the WHL is what makes him a coach in the league.
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