The two organizations that battled and fought each other in both the WHL and Memorial Cup Final in 2007, have teamed up almost 13 years later for possibly the biggest trade of the 2019/20 WHL season.
Coming to Vancouver is overage forward Tyler Preziuso, 19-year-old defenceman Trevor Longo, a 2020 first-round pick and a 2021 conditional fifth-round pick.
Both BC products, Preziuso comes over having tallied 22 points (9G, 13A) in 28 games this while also earning a career-high 50 points last season.
Originally drafted by the Tigers in the third round (61st overall) of the 2014 Bantam Draft, the Victoria native has suited up for 293 WHL games, all with Medicine Hat.
Longo, is more local being from North Vancouver. The big six-foot-three 200 pound defender brings 110 games of WHL experience with him, amassing 27 points.
Per the press release,
“Tyler Preziuso and Trevor Longo are two highly-respected, experienced players who are going to be valuable additions to the Vancouver Giants,” said Giants general manager Barclay Parneta. “Tyler has played nearly 300 games in the WHL and was an alternate captain and Trevor plays a sound, physical, two-way game. The acquisition of an additional first-round draft pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft was a significant component to this deal as well.”
Going the other way are overage defenceman Dylan Plouffe, 18-year-old Lukas Svejkovsky, a 2020 third-round pick and conditional 2021 third-round pick.
Plouffe was selected back in 2014 by the Giants in the second round (33rd overall) and has suited up for 272 games since, scoring 123 points.
Svejkovsky was in his second season with the Giants and suited up for 85 games but was away from the team for the last four games while awaiting a trade.
“We wish to thank both Dylan and Lukas for their contributions to the Vancouver Giants and we wish them the best as they continue their respective WHL careers with the Medicine Hat Tigers.” Barclay Parneta said in the release.
Longo, who will wear #2, and Preziuso, who will wear #14, are both expected to be in the lineup for tomorrow’s Teddy Bear Toss game at Rogers Arena.