Monday, September 29, 2014

Hawks Make First Trade of Season; Acquire Koules from Tigers

Head Coach/General Manager Jamie Kompon made his first trade earlier today, as reported by the Medicine Hat News. He acquired 20 year old right handed, right wing Miles Koules from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a Bantam Draft pick(unknown which round or year at this time).

Koules is from Los Angeles and is a U.S. National Development Team product. In 2012/13, his first seasn with the Tigers, he had 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points (5th on the team). He then potted 4 points in 8 games in the playoffs. As a 19 year old last season, Koules had 25 goals and 26 assists for 51 points(4th on the team) and 10 points in 18 playoff games.

Koules is 5'11" and 201 lbs
This season he missed the Tigers first 2 games,while he attended Washington Capitals training camp on a try out basis. Koules notched 1 goal in the 2 games he has been back. Koules' return, along with that of Goalie Marek Langhammer(Arizona) and D-men Kyle Becker(Anaheim) and Tyler Lewington(Washington), necessitated the trade of one of them in order to comply with the 3 overager limit. Koules was the odd man out for Medicine Hat.

This is the second straight season the Tigers have sent a 20 year old L.A. born player to the Winterhawks. Last season it was Defenseman Garett Haar. Oddly enough both Koules and Haar attended training camp together with the Capitals this year.

Now Portland will have to decide which of their other 3 1994 born players to trade or release. My money is on Travis McEvoy, as he was more of a desperate acquisition and even in a 4th line role this last weekend, seemed a bit out of sorts. 

1 comment:

  1. According to the WHL's website the draft pick that was traded was a 4th round pick in 2017. It is unknown whether this was Portland's original selection or the one they acquired from Calgary because tambellini returned to them from the Rangers.