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Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Oil Kings General Manager Bob Green announced today the team has traded defenceman Mason Geertsen and their 2013 first-round WHL Bantam Draft pick to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for defenceman David Musil.
Musil was selected in the second round (31st overall) by the Edmonton Oilers at the 2011 NHL Draft. The 6-foot-4, 203-pound rearguard has played 206 regular season games in parts of four seasons with the Giants, tallying 21 goals and 92 total points with a +43 rating. Musil has also chipped in with five points in 20 career WHL playoff games.
The 19-year-old dual citizen of Canada and the Czech Republic competed for the Czech Republic at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Calgary last year, posting a +5 rating in five games as his team placed fifth.
Geertsen has played 52 regular season games with the Oil Kings in parts of three seasons, posting seven assists and a +2 rating during that time. The blueliner was selected in the first round (18th overall) at the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.
"It's tough to give up a player of Mason's calibre, and we thank him for his contributions to the team," Green said of the trade. "In David we get a big guy with a good stick who defends really well and plays in all situations. He adds a lot of maturity and experience to our locker room and will play a lot of key minutes for us."
Musil will arrive in Edmonton on Thursday morning just in time to join the Oil Kings as they embark on a six-game road trip to Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
LETHBRIDGE, AB – The Vancouver Giants made a bold move today by trading 19 year-old Edmonton Oilers draft pick and Delta native David Musil to the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for 17 year-old defensive prospect Mason Geertsen and a 1st-round draft pick in 2013.
Here’s what Vancouver General Manager Scott Bonner had to say on this decision: “Moving David was a hard things to do, however with the current stage in our system it was important to acquire a solid 17 year old prospect as well as a 1st-round pick to rebuild the program.”
Musil was into his 4th full season with the Giants, collecting 92 points in 206 games, including 8 points in 14 games this season.
Geertsen, meanwhile, who’s from Rocky Rapids, Alberta and stands 6’4, 203lbs, is now in his second full season with the Oil Kings. He has collected 7 assists and 106 penalty minutes in 52 games so far, including 4 assists in 15 games this season. Geertsen is expected to be in the lineup for the Giants tomorrow night when the visit the Medicine Hat Tigers.
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