Jung Traded ... Again

The goalie no one in the WHL wanted now suddenly is in high demand.

For the second time in a week, Lightning prospect Torrie Jung was traded. This time, Lethbridge dealt the netminder to the Edmonton Oil Kings, who were unhappy with the inconsistency of veteran goaltender Dalyn Flette and need healthy options in net.

“Torrie Jung is an incredible kid with a great attitude, this is a chance for him to start in Edmonton and certainly from our point of view it’s a chance to help a partner in our league that is a little bit down on their luck right now in that they have lost two goaltenders,” Lethbridge GM Roy Stasiuk said in a WHL release. “This allows them to remain competitive and at the same time, we have two very good goaltenders here now and we will carry on.”

Jung is a veteran of over 50 Western Hockey League games with a career record of 21-27-4-8. Last season, Jung tallied a 13-12-0-5 record with a pair of shutouts and a goals against average of 2.86, good enough to rank him 18th in the WHL. He was expected to be Kelowna's No.1 goalie this year after the departure of Kristofer Westblom last spring.

Lethbridge had acquired Jung from Kelowna for a conditional sixth round pick, and Edmonton will match that with this deal.

Prior to moving to Lethbridge - and after backstopping the Lightning's representation in the Traverse City prospects tournament - Jung was forced out of Kelowna as the team went with a more proven starter. He had been sitting at home in Nanaimo, B.C. before being traded to the Hurricanes. Jung was able to practice with Lethbridge but did not get in any games.

That is expected to change in Edmonton.

The Oil Kings, in their second year of existence, are the league's worst defensive team and have the fewest amount of points in the Eastern Conference.