Brendan Gaunce was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round

Point Shots: Canucks recall Gaunce, Biega to NHL; Giants acquire Trevor Cox

The Vancouver Giants acquired Surrey's Trevor Cox - last year's second-overall WHL scorer – in a trade with the Medicine Hat Tigers.

The Vancouver Canucks have recalled two players from their AHL club, the Utica Comets – forward Brendan Gaunce and defenceman Alex Biega, who both impressed during their preseason tryout with the big club.

Gaunce and Biega will fill in for currently injured Brandon Prust and Dan Hamhuis, who will both stay home during the Canucks’ upcoming two-game road trip through Dallas and Phoenix.

Gaunce, 21, joins a Vancouver squad already trying to balance some newly injected youth. Teenagers Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen, both forward, are pushing to stay in the NHL past their almost-fulfilled nine-game tryout window, as is 22-year-old blueliner Ben Hutton.

The Canucks of course also have 20-year-old Bo Horvat, their ninth overall pick in 2013, who made Vancouver’s lineup out of camp last season.

Gaunce was one of a few young players who made their professional debut with the Comets last season, and took a backseat to other farm-league veterans during the year. He had 29 points in 74 games last year.

Biega played seven games with the Canucks in 2014-15, fitting in well on Vancouver’s backend while contributing one goal. Biega’s smooth-skating, right-handed game is similar to current defenceman – and powerplay specialist – Yannick Weber, as well as Frankie Corrado, who it’s believed Biega supplanted on Vancouver’s depth chart before Corrado was waived and lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this month.

Vancouver Giants trade for Trevor Cox

The Vancouver Giants splashed the trade waves for a second straight day on Wednesday, acquiring Surrey’s Trevor Cox – who finished second overall in WHL scoring last season – from the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Cox has four goals and eight points in six games this season, and had 109 points in 69 games in 2014-15.

Curiously, the 20 year old has gone undrafted at the NHL level, despite his prolific offensive wattage.

“I don’t worry about my size, I just know I’m a good player,” Cox told the Surrey Leader last year. “It doesn’t bother me. I just go out and play, and I’m putting up good numbers.”

In exchange for Cox, the Giants dumped defenceman Clayton Kirichenko and a second-round pick in 2018 on Medicine Hat.

“We’re thrilled to add an elite level offensive player like Trevor to our lineup,” said Scott Bonner, the team’s executive vice president and general manager, in a press release issued Wednesday.

“Coming into this week, we felt our team was just a piece or two away from competing with some of the best clubs in the league, and we hope that we’ve addressed those issues with the moves we’ve made over the past two days.”

On Tuesday, the Giants acquired Ben Thomas and Chase Lang from the Calgary Hitmen, in exchange for Jackson Houck, Jakob Stukel, goalie Cody Porter, and a conditional third-round pick in 2017.

The Giants are currently seventh in the WHL’s Western Conference.

The Vancouver Giants take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes tonight – October 28 – in Vancouver.

Just Posted

Surrey goalie gets a shot with NHL Boston Bruins on China trip

On tryout contract, Derek Dun practiced with team ahead of pre-season game

SFU unveils new lab at Surrey Memorial Hospital

Combination of MRI, MEG allows for ‘best possible windows’ intro brain function

White Rock mayor attacks ‘fearmongering’ candidates

Wayne Baldwin condemns anti-highrise petition, saying Democracy Direct candidates ‘not fit for office’

Comic Strippers to return to Surrey’s Bell for third time

Improv-comedy show is ‘semi-dressed and completely unscripted’

UPDATE: Surrey firefighters trying to determine what caused Bridgeview propane blaze

Firefighters fought blaze at Pacific Propane Container Recycling

U.S. congressman issues dire warning to Canada’s NAFTA team: time is running out

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to resume talks with the U.S.

B.C. RCMP turn to Const. Scarecrow to shock speeders into slowing down

New addition will watch over drivers from a Coquitlam median for first-of-its-kind pilot in Canada

Cyclists finish North America trip to highlight Ukraine struggle

The 10,000 bike ride raised over $10,000 for victims of the war in Ukraine.

21 new paramedics promised for B.C. Interior

A total of 18 new full-time paramedics will be hired for Kamloops and three are being hired for Chase.

Drop-in to a Cloverdale Library Philosophers Café

First cafe of the fall is Tuesday, Sept. 18

Federal stats show slight increase in irregular migrant claims in August

113 extra people tried to cross the Canadian border last month

Tornado reported near B.C. lake

Environment Canada investigates, says a ‘possible’ tornado took place in Mission, by Hayward Lake

Work begins to remove cargo from grounded Haida Gwaii barge and fishing lodge

Westcoast Resorts’ Hippa Lodge broke from its moorings and ran aground early this month

Most Read