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Royals, Wheat Kings swap goaltenders, picks

 

The Victoria Royals were active on the trade front for the second time in as many days Thursday, completing a swap of goaltenders and picks with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Headed to the Wheat Kings is Dylan Myskiw (1999), a native of Winnipeg, Man. In the 2016-17 season, Myskiw appeared in 17 games with the Royals, posting a 3-5-2 record as well as a 3.26 goals against average (GAA) and a .886 save percentage ( SV%). A sixth round draft pick of the Royals, 112th overall, in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, Myskiw returns to his home province that he represented in the 2014 Canada Winter Games.

Also headed to the Royals as part of the trade is a 2018 conditional seventh round draft pick.

Headed to the Royals is Pleasantdale, Sask. native Hunter Arps (1999). Arps, who has yet to make his Western Hockey League debut spent the last season with the Moose Jaw Generals of the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League. In 25 games, Arps compiled an 18-6 record with a 2.33 goals against average (GAA), a 0.913 save percentage (SV%) and four shutouts.

In five post-season contests with the Generals, Arps played five games, posting a 1.14 goals against average and a .960 save percentage. Arps was originally drafted by the Wheat Kings in 2014 WHL Bantam Draft in the fifth round, 109th overall.

The Royals also acquired a pair of draft picks in the trade, securing a fifth round pick in next year’s WHL Bantam Draft as well as a conditional pick in 2020.

Preseason action continues for both clubs this weekend. The Royals are in Langley, BC for games against the Vancouver Giants and Prince George Cougars. The Wheat Kings open their preseason schedule Friday when they host the Regina Pats at Westman Place.

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