Kelowna Rockets President/GM Bruce Hamilton announced a trade on Thursday, acquiring a former 1st round WHL bantam pick from the Kamloops Blazers.
The Rockets have traded defenceman Joe Gatenby, as well as prospect Danny Gatenby, to the Kamloops Blazers, in exchange for 18-year-old forward Jake Kryski.
Kryski, a 5-foot-11, 175 pound left winger, is heading into his third season in the WHL. Last season he scored 12 goals and added 27 assists for 39 points in 67 games with Kamloops. As a rookie, Kryski had 11 goals, 13 assists and 24 points in 65 games played.
“We have an abundance of defencemen and we had an opportunity to get a high-end 1998-born forward, which is a spot we had some room,” said Hamilton. “We wish Joe and Danny well in Kamloops and we are looking forward to Jake joining our hockey club immediately.”
Joe Gatenby was a 2012 WHL Bantam Draft of the Rockets who played in 174 games during his Rockets career.
A native of Vancouver, Kryski was a first round (13th overall) WHL Bantam Draft pick of the Prince Albert Raiders in 2013.