Edmonton Oil Kings overhaul continues as Wiebe among players dealt in 2 trades Monday – Edmonton

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The Edmonton Oil Kings traded two more players who helped the team win the Western Hockey League championship last season.

The WHL club announced on Monday that it had traded forwards Jaxsen Wiebe and Carson Golder in two separate trades.

Wiebe, with a conditional eighth-round pick in 2026, heads to the Prince George Cougars. In return, the Oil Kings receive forward Noah Boyko, a third-round draft pick in 2023 and a conditional third-round pick in 2026.

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Oil Kings general manager Kirt Hill noted that the trade is something of a homecoming for Boyko, who hails from Fort Saskatchewan, Alta.

« It’s always nice to have the opportunity to add local players who know the city and the club to your roster, » Hill said in a press release, adding that Boyko is a former first-round pick in the league. WHL.

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“(He) has a lot of offensive ability in his game… He will be asked to lead our group of young players and help provide the offense on our power play and at even strength.

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In 23 games with the Cougars this season, Boyko has scored five goals and five assists.

WHL (Western Hockey League) profile picture of Lethbridge Hurricanes player Noah Boyko during a game against the Calgary Hitmen in Calgary, Ab. on Sunday, December 15, 2019.


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Wiebe, known in part for his physical play, had eight points in 13 postseason games with the Oil Kings last season, helping Edmonton reach the Memorial Cup tournament.

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Hill acknowledged that Wiebe had become a fan favorite thanks to « his hard-hitting and highly competitive style of play ».

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Jaxsen Wiebe, center, of the Edmonton Oil Kings celebrates his game-winning goal past Cam MacDonald, left, of the Saint John Sea Dogs, and Vincent Sevigny during overtime Memorial Cup hockey action in Saint John , in New Brunswick, on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 .


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« Jaxsen was not only a big part of our championship run last season, but he’s been a mentor to our young core of players this season, » Hill said. “His Memorial Cup hat trick will live long in the memory of everyone associated with the Oil Kings.

“The Edmonton Oil Kings would like to thank Jaxsen for all of his contributions to the organization on and off the ice.

Golder heads to British Columbia

Golder, who had played a total of 70 games with the Oil Kings since joining the club in 2021, was traded to the Kelowna Rockets with a third-round pick in 2023. In return, Edmonton receives the forward Rilen Kovacevic who has nine points in 20 games with Kelowna this season.

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« We are very happy to welcome Rilen to our roster of young players, » Hill said, noting that Kovacevic is only 18 and has « a lot of upside. »

« His 200 foot game, offensive upside and willingness to compete every night made him a good player to add to our squad. »

Hill thanked Golder for his contribution to Edmonton’s 2021-22 championship season.

« Carson played an important role in our championship run last season by being able to play both attack and defense at critical times, » he said. “(He) will have a big opportunity ahead of him in Kelowna.

« The Oil Kings organization wishes Carson every success in his hockey career. »

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The Oil Kings currently sit in last place in the WHL Eastern Conference with a 4-20-1-0 record. The club has undergone a major facelift since its 2022 WHL championship. Several players from this team — forwards Jake Neighbors and Dylan Guenther and defenseman Kaiden Guhle — are now playing in the NHL while several other players have since been traded.

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