The Vancouver Giants and Calgary Hitmen swung a trade Monday, sending defenceman Ryley McKinstry (1998) back to his hometown.
In return, the Giants will receive a conditional draft selection in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
McKinstry was originally drafted in the second round, 23rd overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. In 43 games with the Giants, McKinstry had scored three goals and six points while also collecting 17 penalty minutes. Two of his three goals had come on the power play.
“Ryely, who was the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League’s top defenceman during his draft year, has the potential to be a very good puck-moving blueliner for us,” said Hitmen general manager Jeff Chynoweth. “He adds depth to our 1998 age group of defencemen and will also help solidify our young back end.”
Both teams are in action Friday when the Hitmen travel to Prince Albert to face the Raiders while the Giants play host to the Kamloops Blazers.