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Myles Departs As T-Birds Continue Dealing

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Goaltender Justin Myles, seen here in a game against Portland earlier this season, was traded by Seattle to Kamloops on Friday prior to the WHL trading deadline. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

Goaltender Justin Myles, seen here in a game against Portland earlier this season, was traded by Seattle to Kamloops on Friday prior to the WHL trading deadline. (Photo by Brian Liesse, WHL)

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(1090 The Fan) — Two days after trading a pair of forwards to Lethbridge for Russell Maxwell, the Seattle Thunderbirds swung a deal with Kamloops, exchanging goalies prior to the WHL trading deadline, Friday.

Seattle sent goaltender Justin Myles along with defenseman Austin Douglas and a 2015 fourth round Bantam draft selection to the Blazers for goaltender Taran Kozun.

Kozun, 19, has appeared in 29 games this season as the Blazers top goalie, going 5-19-2-1 with a 3.95 goals against average and a .897 save percentage.

Myles, 18, was 11-6 in 21 games with Seattle this season as he and Danny Mumaugh split time in net for the Thunderbirds. Myles posted a 3.66 goals against average and .889 save percentage. Myles was acquired in the 2010 Bantam draft as a fifth round selection, picked 92nd overall by Seattle.

Seattle head coach Steve Konowalchuk said he will continue

“I think we are going to go the same way,” Konowalchuk said. “This kid is a good goalie, he’s a number one goalie as well so we feel we have two number one goalies. He’s a little more of a veteran, he’s been through it a little more.

“But we’ll see how it goes. Mumaugh has played really well the last two games.”

Seattle Slowly Returning To Full Strength

With holiday tournaments, injuries and illnesses, it has been nearly a month since the Seattle Thunderbirds were at full strength.

Technically, it has probably been since early October considering that was the last time forward Connor Honey laced up his skates.

Regardless of which way you look at it, Seattle is starting to get its entire roster back skating for the Thunderbirds, rather than their respective junior national teams.

Both Keegan Kolesar and Ethan Bear have now returned from their time with Team West in the U-17 Hockey Challenge and forward Scott Eansor returned to the lineup after nursing a lower body injury.

The team is still without center Mathew Barzal and Honey, as well as the freshly injured Branden Troock. Jaimen Yakubowski has been limited in action recently as well due to an illness.

After the game, Saturday, coach Konowalchuk spoke optimistically about the health of his team.

“Well, (we are) slowly getting back,” Konowalchuk said. “You get the two young guys back from the tournament, Eansor gets back in there, that’s another body…We’re still missing a couple top-end players, but we still have the depth that we can win without them.”

Speaking of those top-end players, just how soon might Seattle fans be able to see them back in action?

“I don’t think they are far, far away but I don’t know if they are next game, either. Day-to-day maybe you could say, maybe week-to-week,” concluded Konowalchuk of Barzal and Honey.

We shall see.

-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan

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