VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Giants continued their fire sale Wednesday, trading leading goal-scorer Trevor Cheek to the Edmonton Oil Kings for a second-round pick in the 2013 Western Hockey League bantam draft.
Cheek, 20, netted 18 goals and added 14 assists in 39 games with Vancouver. He was acquired in late September from the Calgary Hitmen for a fourth-round pick in 2013 and a fifth-rounder in 2014. A native of Vancouver, Wash., Cheek is in his final WHL season and is seeking a pro contract. He'll join defenceman David Musil, another former Giant, on the Oil Kings after the latter was sent there Oct. 31.
Later Wednesday, GM Scott Bonner sent defenceman Stewart Coyle, 17, to the Spokane Chiefs for a sixth-rounder in 2016.
The trading of Cheek leaves the youthful Giants without a 20-year-old player in their lineup as captain Wes Vannieuwenhuizen is out for a month with a broken finger suffered last Saturday while the team's other 20-year-old, Kale Kessy, was traded last Wednesday to the Kamloops Blazers.
In addition to sending stalwart defenceman Musil to Edmonton, the last-place Giants (11-31-0-0) also dealt 19-year-old forward Nathan Burns to the Saskatoon Blades on Nov. 2. Barring further moves, the Giants will finish the season with just two 19-year-olds on their roster, forwards Cain Franson and Riley Kieser.
The WHL trading deadline is 2 p.m. Thursday.
The Giants also announced that 18-year-old right winger Rob Trzonkowski, acquired for Kessy, is out for the season with a knee injury. He was hurt Sunday in Calgary in just his third game with Vancouver.
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Vancouver Giants Trevor Cheek can’t get the puck past Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender Tristan Jarry during first period WHL action at Rexall Place on Jan. 5, 2012 in Edmonton. Cheek was traded to the Oil Kings on Wednesday.
Photograph by: Greg Southam, Edmonton Journal