Hitmen deal Grishakov to Royals for draft pick

Candice Ward


Trade action across the Western Hockey League continued to pick up steam Thursday as the Calgary Hitmen made a deal with the Victoria Royals.

Headed to Vancouver Island to join the B.C. Division contenders is import forward Andrei Grishakov. In return, the Hitmen have received a third round selection in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.

“This trade creates more opportunity for our younger players to gain valuable ice time in their development,” Hitmen general manager Jeff Chynoweth said.  “We would like to thank Andrei for his time in Calgary and wish him success moving forward with the Royals.”

A 6-foot-1, 200-pound product of Chelyabinsk, Russia, Grishakov had been apart of the Hitmen organization since being selected in the second round, 106th overall, in the 2016 CHL Import Draft.

This season, Grishakov had been one of the team’s best forwards, tied for fifth in team scoring with 26 points (11G-15A) in 37 games. In 107 career WHL games, Grishakov has tallied 61 points (22G-39A). He has four power play goals and two game-winners to his credit.

The Royals are back in action Friday, January 5 (7:05 p.m. PST) as they host the Everett Silvertips at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Arena. The Hitmen take to the ice next on Friday, January 5 (7:00 p.m. MST), playing host to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

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