The Vancouver Giants, mired in last place overall in the Western Hockey League, have made the second player move in as many days, dealing away utility forward Austin Vetterl to the Kootenay Ice in exchange for a pair of prospects in the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
The 18-year-old Vetterl is coming off a 17-point season in 60 games in 2011-12, but this season has only picked up a pair of assists in seven games (the Giants have played 14 games).
“Austin is a good kid,” Giants general manager Scott Bonner said of the Surrey native. “We felt that he deserved an opportunity to be an everyday player and Kootenay seemed like a good fit.”
Coming to the Giants are two 17-year-olds: Forward Douglas Morris and defenceman Kyle Krabben.
Morris, who stands 6-1 and weighs 200 pounds, has 10 goals and 12 points in 15 games for the AJHL’s Spruce Grove Saints. “He is a power forward, a big, strong guy, has great hands around the net, is very good on the power play and has an overall offensive touch” said Giants’ director of player personnel Jason Ripplinger. “He can score some goals for us in the future”
The six-foot, 170-pound Krabben has two points through six games with the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers and has also appeared in two games with the Kootenay Ice as a call-up. Ripplinger called him an “offensive, puck-moving defenceman who’s a good skater, possesses a good shot and can skate himself out of trouble.”
The Giants’ moves come a day after they traded marquee defenceman David Musil to the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for 17-year-old defenceman Mason Geertsen and a first-round pick in next summer’s bantam draft.
The Giants, with four wins and 10 losses so far this season, are in Medicine Hat tonight to face the Tigers (6 p.m., 1410 AM).
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