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.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey man found guilty in West Kelowna killing of common-law spouse

Tejwant Danjou was convicted of second-degree murder in the July 2018 death of Rama Gauravarapu in West Kelowna

New collective debuts with Crescent Beach show

Nela Hallwas and Lyn Verra-Lay team for ‘Flow’

Former students’ mural showcasing Delta elementary school’s new logo on hold, for now

Ashriya and Karam Purewal painted the spirit logo last spring; formal logo mural delayed due to COVID

Police ask for help to identify suspect in alleged Surrey break-and-enter

Surrey RCMP say two men ‘kicked down the front door’ of the home

Surrey monitoring traffic as vehicles again clog city streets

Compared with city’s 2019 weekly average, deepest volume reduction was in late March with up to 46 per cent less vehicles

578 British Columbians currently infected with COVID-19

Seventy-eight new cases confirmed in past 24 hours

Conservation seizes fawn illegally kept captive in Vancouver Island home

A Comox Valley resident charged and fined under the Wildlife Act

Pandemic could be driving more parents to get on board with flu shot: study

University of B.C. study gauges willingness for parents to vaccinate children for influenza

Watchdog clears Okanagan RCMP in death of man after arrest over alleged stolen pizzas

The man died in hospital after having difficulty breathing and broken ribs

35,000 doses of fentanyl part of huge Maple Ridge bust

Largest seizure in RCMP detachment’s history included submachine gun, body armour

Have you seen Berleen? B.C. pig destined for sanctuary goes missing

Berleen was less than two weeks from travelling to Manitoba when she vanished

Health Canada says several kids hospitalized after eating edible pot products

People warned not to store cannabis products where children can find them

‘It’s not just about me’: McKenna cites need to protect politicians from threats

Police investigation was launched after someone yelled obscenities at a member of McKenna’s staff

Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

First study of its kind in the U.S. to figure out whether existing lanes or shoulders could be used

Most Read