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New year, big moves.. at least for the Victoria Royals.
The club announced today that they have acquired forward Brayden Tracey, goaltender Adam Evanoff, a fourth round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft, and a fifth round pick in 2023 from the Moose Jaw Warriors.
But all of this doesn’t come easy – Moose Jaw has received in exchange Royals forward Logan Doust, goaltender Brock Gould, defenceman Nolan Jones, a third round pick in the 2020 draft, a first round selection in 2021 and a second and fourth round pick in 2022.
Goaltender Gould shared the net with Royals current netminder Shane Farkas – Brock played a total of 15 games for the Royals in the 2019-20 season and records a 6-6-1-0 record, 2.81 GAA, 0.899 SV% and one shutout in that time.
Logan Doust collected nine points in the form of 2 games, 7 assists in 36 games for Victoria this season.
Nolan Jones hit the ice for 30 games for Victoria this season, and has tallied 1 goal and 5 assists, as well as 41 penalty minutes.
— The WHL (@TheWHL) January 9, 2020
Onto the new kids, Brayden Tracey was the assistant captain of the Moose Jaw Warriors and also was selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round, 29th overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
The Calgary native recorded 38 points and 39 minutes in penalties in 28 games for the Warriors. In November, the forward was also named a member of Team WHL at the CIBC Canada Russia Series.
“Brayden is a dynamic and skilled forward who can provide offense at an elite level in the WHL,” Cameron Hope, Royals’ General Manager said.
“There are few opportunities to acquire a player with Brayden’s skill set, and he will be a great addition to our forward group going into the playoffs.”
At the end of last season, Tracey received the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL Rookie of the Year.
19-year-old netminder Adam Evanoff played in 22 games for the Warriors this season. In those, he has recorded a 3.85 goals against average (GAA), a 0.901 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout.
The Royals are back on home ice this Friday and Saturday for the first time in 2020, where they face the Portland Winterhawks in back to back contests.
Tickets are still available for both games, and can be purchased online or at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre box office.