Giants acquire hometown product Koch in deal with Oil Kings

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The Edmonton Oil Kings went in search of a goaltender Wednesday, finding one in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.

In a deal with the Vancouver Giants, the Oil Kings acquired forward 17-year-old forward Brendan Semchuk, 17-year-old goaltender Todd Scott and a third-round draft pick in the 2018 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

In return, the Giants gained some valuable help for the playoff drive, acquiring winger 19-year-old forward Davis Koch from Alberta’s capital and a conditional third-round draft pick in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft.

Scott, a 6-foot-0, 199-pound puck stopper from Albertville, Minn. was drafted by the Giants in the 10th round, 203rd overall, of the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. Joining the team this year, Scott posted respectable numbers, including a 8-7-3-1 record, but appeared to lose on a battle for the crease with David Tendeck.

Scott posted a goals against average of 4.11 and a .869 SV% in 20 games.

Also acquired by the Oil Kings in the deal was Semchuk, a 6-foot-0, 187-pound winger from Kamloops, B.C. Semchuk was originally selected by the Giants in the first round, 10th overall, of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. In 33 games this season, Semchuk has 19 points (8G-11A), including four power-play goals and one game-winning goal.

Semchuk has had plenty of experience outside the WHL as well, representing British Columbia in the 2015 Canada Winter Games, recording four points (2G-2A) in six games. He also played for Canada Red at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

In 127 career WHL games, Semchuk has recorded 41 points (17G-24A). He also has seven power play goals and two game-winning goals.

Pushing hard for the playoffs, the Giants get a skilled winger in Koch. A 6-foot-0, 165-pound product of nearby Surrey, B.C. In 40 games this season, Koch was second in scoring on the Oil Kings with 39 points (18G-21A). Drafted by the Oil Kings in the second round, 42nd overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, Koch has played 225 WHL regular season games with Edmonton, amassing 158 points (59G-99A). He also has 18 power-play goals, three game-winning goals and six game-winning goals.

“Davis Koch is a dynamic player, a game-changer, and a proven scorer in the WHL and his leadership and experience will be a welcomed addition to our organization,” said Giants general manager, Glen Hanlon. “Heading into the trade deadline we made it our goal to add as much character, leadership and experience as possible, and Davis Koch checks all of those boxes for us. He’s very excited about returning to the Lower Mainland and playing hockey in front of friends and family on a nightly basis.”

The Giants are in action Wednesday, January 10 (7:00 p.m. PST), battling the Prince George Cougars on the road. The Oil Kings continue their five-game road trip Wednesday, January 10 (7:00 p.m. CST) against the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup host Regina Pats at the Brandt Centre.

The WHL’s Trade Deadline is set for 3 p.m. MT. All the trades will be listed on the WHL’s Live Blog.

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