A Farewell To King…

It was announced today that the Portland Winter Hawks traded 1990 born Center Tristan King to the Medicine Hat Tigers for 1991 born Right Wing Killian Hutt.

Hutt was 3rd in scoring in the Alberta Midget Hockey League, scoring 33 goals (tied for 1st) and adding 33 assists (5th) for 66 points.  He is a small player, but plays the game with offensive flair and also a bit of grit, adding 55 penalty minutes to his stats.

He chipped in 12 power play goals and was tied for second in the AMHL with 4 short-handed markers.

The trade helps fill a void at the 1991 age level with forwards.

King was a non-drafted list player when he made the team last year and showed signs of being a flashy, play-making center.  His numbers weren’t huge, but on a team that struggled to score consistently the past two years, King produced decent numbers.  

His reluctancy to shoot and to try and make a perfect pass sometimes drove this broadcaster nuts, but that showed that he had confidence in his game and an unselfishness to set up his teammates.  His line with Luke Walker and Colin Reddin was arguably the Hawks best line the last 4-6 weeks of the 2007-08 season.

With the trade, Hutt will get an opportunity to be an offensive leader with the Hawks while King will look to become a top six forward with the Tigers.

Here’s to hoping that it works out for all parties involved.

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2 Comments

  1. AK, at times Kinger looked like he was not working on the ice. I do not think it was always that he wasn’t trying, rather he was so smooth that it looked like he wasn’t working. I agree that I hope it works for both teams, as Portland is trading a two year WHL vet, for a younger kid who has yet to play a regular shift in the WHL.

    I see Portland being young up front next year again.

    AJP

  2. I’ve heard of Hutt a couple times. Highly skilled forward with speed, haven’t watched much of King this past year as Portland was not on my list to watch, good trade?


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