Benson returns to Giants … Ice adds goaltender … Hitmen roster shrinks by two

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D John Negrin (Kooteney, Swift Current, 2004-09) has signed a contract with Lørenskog (Norway, GET-Ligaen). The terms weren’t announced. Last season, he had five assists in 22 games with the Utica Comets (AHL). . . .

F Björn Svensson (Saskatoon, Moose Jaw, 2003-06) has signed a contract for the rest of this season with the Fischtown Penguins Bremerhaven (Germany, DEL). Last season, he had three goals and three assists in 31 games with Färjestad Karlstad (Sweden, SEL), and two goals and six assists in 16 games with Ingolstadt (Germany, DEL).

F Tyler Benson has been returned to the Vancouver Giants by the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.

Benson, 19, has been with the Oilers while recovering from off-season surgery for a sports hernia. From Edmonton, he was selected by the Oilers in the second round of the 2016 NHL draft. He has signed a three-year entry-level contract with them.

Benson hasn’t played for the Giants since Jan. 2.

In fact, his last two seasons both have been health/injury-shortened.

Last season, he finished with 11 goals and 31 assists in 33 games. In 2015-16, he had nine goals and 19 assists in 30 games.

While Benson is expected to be on the ice for practice today (Tuesday), there isn’t a timetable for his return to game action.

The Giants (5-5-2), who are proving to be quite competitive, are coming off a seven-game road trip (3-2-2) that took them through the East Division. Both of their regulation-time losses were by a goal — 3-2 in Seattle and 1-0 in Swift Current.

It seems unlikely that Benson would play this weekend. The Giants are prepping for one of those WHL specials — three games in fewer than 48 hours. They are scheduled to entertain the Prince George Cougars at the Langley Events Centre on Friday night, then play the host Victoria Royals on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

It would seem to be more likely that, if all goes well, Benson would play on Nov. 3 against the visiting Kamloops Blazers and perhaps the next night in the rematch in Kamloops.

With F Tyler Benson having been returned by the Edmonton Oilers to the Vancouver Giants, it means there are two 19-year-olds with WHL eligibility still in the NHL.

F Nolan Patrick, who was with the Brandon Wheat Kings for the past three seasons, is with the Philadelphia Flyers, who selected him second overall in the 2017 NHL draft. He has one goal and two assists in eight games and almost certainly will remain in the NHL.

F Kailer Yamamoto is coming off three seasons with his hometown Spokane Chiefs. The Edmonton Oilers selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the NHL’s 2017 draft. Yamamoto had three assists in six games with the Oilers and has seen playing time on the team’s top line, alongside Connor McDavid and Patrick Maroon. Right now it seems likely that Yamamoto will be staying with the Oilers.

NHL teams face a 10-game deadline with 19-year-olds who have been drafted out of the CHL. Once a player gets into a 10th game the first year of his contract kicks in, which is a big deal down the road when it comes to being eligible for free agency.

A player still may be returned to major junior after playing 10 games or more in the NHL, but the first season of his contract would be used up.

The Prince George Cougars are expected to announce today (Tuesday) that they have acquired F Matthew Mosher, 17, from the Saskatoon Blades for a late-round bantam draft. pick. . . . Mosher, from White Rock, B.C., was a third-round selection by the Blades in the 2015 WHL bantam draft. He was pointless in three games with the Blades last season and pointless in one this season. . . . A source familiar with the situation told Taking Note that Mosher wasn’t getting in the lineup with the Blades and wanted to play closer to home.

The Kootenay Ice has acquired G Duncan McGovern, 17, from the Medicine Hat Tigers for a fifth-round selection in the WHL’s 2019 bantam draft.

McGovern, from Winnipeg, was a fifth-round selection by the Tigers in the 2015 bantam draft. He got into eight games with the Tigers over two seasons, going 3-4-0, 4.31, .850. This season, playing behind Michael Bullion, 20, and Jordan Hollett, 18, McGovern had gotten into just one game, playing only 11 minutes.

McGovern becomes the third goaltender on the Ice’s roster, joining Kurtis Chapman, 19, and Bailey Brkin, 18, both of whom were acquired in earlier trades.

Since May 24, the Ice has acquired four goaltenders through trades.

On May 24, general manager Matt Cockell acquired G Mario Petit, 20, from the Everett Silvertips for a conditional sixth-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft. Petit was released late in training camp.

On Sept. 10, Brkin was acquired from the Swift Current Broncos, along with a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft, for F Max Patterson.

On Sept. 13, Cockell got Chapman from the Regina Pats for a conditional sixth-round selection in the 2018 bantam draft.

Cockell, a former goaltender himself, also traded G Declan Hobbs to the Spokane Chiefs on July 5, getting back a seventh-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft. Hobbs now is with the SJHL’s Nipawin Hawks.

The Ice (5-6-1) has allowed 50 goals in its 12 games, 11 of those coming in an 11-1 loss to the host Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night. The Ice, coming off a 5-4 OT victory over visiting Swift Current on Saturday, is scheduled to entertain the Regina Pats tonight (Tuesday).

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— Ryely McKinstry (@ryelymckinstry) October 23, 2017

The Calgary Hitmen saw their roster shrink by two players on Monday.

D Ryely McKinstry, who has been plagued by concussion-related problems, has retired, while F Lucas Cullen has left the team, according to the Hitmen, to pursue other hockey opportunities in B.C.

McKinstry 19, is from Calgary. He was a second-round pick by the Vancouver Giants in the WHL’s 2013 bantam draft. Unfortunately, he was able to play only 43 regular-season games, all with the Giants, and hasn’t played since Nov. 6, 2015.

In 2014-15, he had two goals and two assists in 30 games. In 2015-16, he had one goal and one assist in 11 games. He then missed all of last season, before being traded to the Hitmen on Sept. 25 for an undisclosed conditional selection in the 2019 bantam draft.

Cullen, 18, is from Kelowna. The Hitmen selected him in the fifth round of the 2014 bantam draft.

He recorded one assist in seven games this season, after putting up four goals and four assists in 37 games as a freshman last season.

Calgary’s roster now is at 23, including 14 forwards and seven defencemen.

D Owen Gallatin of Hugo, Minn., has made a commitment to attend the U of Minnesota-Duluth for the 2021-22 season. Gallatin, who turned 15 on Feb. 6, was a ninth-round selection by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft.

This season, he has two goals and five assists in four games with the U-15 Minnesota Blades.

D Connor Kelley of Maple Grove, Minn., who turned 15 on Jan. 30, also has committed to attend the U of Minnesota-Duluth for the 2021-22 season. Kelley also is playing for the U-15 Minnesota Blades. He wasn’t selected in the WHL’s 2017 bantam draft.

Gallatin and Kelley are the latest in a series of young teenagers who have made early commitments to NCAA Division 1 programs.

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F Rykr Cole, 20, who was placed on waivers last week by the Spokane Chiefs, has had his SJHL playing rights dealt by the Melville Millionaires to the Nipawin Hawks. Cole is from Moosomin, Sask. The Chiefs dropped him in order to get down to three 20-year-olds after acquiring F Zach Fischer, 20, from the Medicine Hat Tigers.

MONDAY:

No Games Scheduled.

TUESDAY (all times local):

Spokane at Calgary, 7 p.m.

Regina vs. Kootenay, at Cranbrook, B.C., 7 p.m.

Medicine Hat at Red Deer, 7 p.m.

Victoria at Saskatoon 7:05 p.m.

Moose Jaw at Portland, 7 p.m.

If you would like to contact Taking Note with information, have a question or just feel like commenting on something, feel free to send an email to greggdrinnan@gmail.com. I’m also on Twitter (@gdrinnan).

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