Brandon, MB. -- The Brandon Wheat Kings have announced the acquisition of veteran netminder Brandon Anderson and two bantam draft picks from the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
In exchange for the 19-year old Langley, B.C. product, who was signed to a National Hockey League Entry Level Contract as a free agent in 2010 by the Washington Capitals, the 'Canes receive 18-year old netminder Liam Liston and 18-year old defenceman Spencer Galbraith.
In addition to the 6'1" 176 lb goaltender, who is currently in his third full season in the Western Hockey League, the Wheat Kings get the Canes' third and sixth round picks in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.
"This deal enables us to add a proven starting goalkeeper to the organization," says Wheat Kings' general manager Kelly McCrimmon. "We feel that in tandem with Corbin Boes, we have upgraded our goaltending significantly."
A former third round draft choice (50th overall) by the Hurricanes in 2007, Anderson has appeared in six games this season, posting a 3.78 goals against average, an .894 save percentage and a record of 2-3-1.
In 107 career games in Lethbridge, he has compiled a 31-49-15 record, a goals against average of 3.63 as well as an .890 save percentage.
"We believe that this trade will also provide new opportunities for Liam and Spencer and we wish them the best in Lethbridge," McCrimmon went to say.
Like Anderson, Liston was also a third round bantam draft choice - going to the Wheat Kings in 2008. In three appearances this season, the St. Albert product was 2-1-0 with a 4.77 goals against average and an .864 save percentage. During the 2010-11 campaign, he appeared in 41 games, posting a 3.77 goals against average and a record of 20-16-0-1.
A 12th round bantam selection of the Wheat Kings in 2008, Galbraith had 12 penalty minutes in seven games this season and during his WHL career, the 5'10" 180 lb blueliner had two goals, 9 points and 99 minutes in penalties in 49 games.
The Wheat Kings, who are currently 5-3-0-1 on the season and in the middle of a 7-game, thirteen day western road swing, hope to have Anderson in the lineup Tuesday night when they take on the T-Birds in Seattle.