Wheat Kings Acquire Priestner from Blazers

Brandon, Manitoba – The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings have announced the acquisition of high touted 17-year old netminder James Priestner from the Kamloops Blazers.
rIn exchange for the 6′ 175 lb Edmonton product, the Blazers receive a third round pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.
rA second round pick of the Blazers (31st overall) in the 2006 draft, James was the second goaltender chosen that year.
r“Acquiring James provides us with a top young goaltender,” says Wheat Kings’ general manager and head coach Kelly McCrimmon. “James comes as a highly regarded prospect and we look forward to having him join our organization.”
rAs a 16-year old rookie, Priestner appeared in 24 games for the Blazers last season, compiling a respectable 3.41 goals against average, an .873 save percentage and a record of 6-12-0-1. He also played in one game as a 15-year old prospect in 2006-07. That same season, he posted a 3.49 goals against average as a member of the Edmonton AAA CAC Midgets.
rMcCrimmon expects Priestner to arrive in Brandon on Tuesday.
rToday’s announcement leaves Brandon with twenty-seven players on its active roster including three goalkeepers. In addition to Priestner, the Wheat Kings have veterans Andrew Hayes (18) and Joe Caligiuri (19).

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