The Spokane Chiefs made a splash on the trade front Thursday, acquiring Calgary Flames prospect Zach Fischer from the Medicine Hat Tigers in a multi-player trade.
Headed to the Tigers are a trio of assets, including 18-year-old right wing Hayden Ostir and 16-year-old defensive prospect Eric Van Impe. The Tigers also received a second-round pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft to complete the trade.
“We are very excited to add Zach to our team,” Chiefs’ General Manager Scott Carter said. “He is a proven scorer who has strength and an edge to his game that we like. He is tough to play against and is a good leader.”
Fischer, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward from Lloydminster, Alta. scored 63 points (34G-29A) with the Tigers last season, racking up 145 PIM along the way. He added seven goals and three assists in 11 playoff games. In three games with the Tigers this season, he scored one goal and 13 PIM.
As a result of his big season, the NHL’s Calgary Flames selected Fischer in the fifth-round (140th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft.
“When [you] acquire a player of Zach’s caliber, you have to give up something in return and that’s never easy,” Carter added. “Hayden and Eric were both valuable members of our organization and we wish them the best in Medicine Hat.”
In 155 WHL regular season contests, Fischer has 88 points (47G-41A). He also has 198 penalty minutes to his name. Fischer made his WHL playoff debut last spring, scoring 10 points (7G-3A) in 11 games while adding 24 penalty minutes.
The Tigers added two solid players to their team in return, with the lead piece being the right winger Ostir. Through 10 games this season, Ostir had tallied six points (3G-3A) and added 28 points (12G-16A) to his name through 115 WHL regular season contests. In three playoff games back in 2016, Ostir had one goal.
Also added to the team was defencemen Eric Van Impe. Van Impe, a product of the Calgary Northstars program, is presently playing with their Midget AAA team where he has eight points (3G-5A) in six games. Van Impe was originally a second round selection (30th overall) of the Chiefs in 2016.
While welcoming Ostir and Van Impre to the organization, Tigers general manager and head coach Shaun Clouston thanks Fischer for his time and contributions to the organization.
In addition to the trade, the Chiefs announced they had waived overage forward Rykr Cole.
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