Edmonton Oil Kings General Manager Randy Hansch announced today the team has acquired 20-year-old forward Tomas Soustal from the Kelowna Rockets in exchange for a fourth-round pick (Moose Jaw’s) in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft, which was acquired last season.
Soustal, who is 6-foot-3 and 199 pounds, has recorded two points (1G, 1A) in three games with Kelowna this season. The Unicov, Czech Republic native has spent his entire WHL career with the Rockets and has 113 points (47 G, 66 A) in 175 games
“We are happy to add a veteran player like Tomas,” said Hansch. “His experience in the Western Hockey League and International play will be a welcome addition to our group. He brings a combination of skill and size that will add depth to our forward positon in all situations including our special teams.”
Soustal was a member of the 2014-15 WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets and in the Memorial Cup he had a goal and assist in five games. He also has represented the Czech Republic in both the 2016 and 2017 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship.
With the addition of Soustal, the Oil Kings have placed forward Artyom Baltruk on waivers.
“The unfortunate part is that we are only able to have two European players so we had to place Artyom on waivers,” said Hansch. “We thank Artyom for his time here with the Edmonton Oil Kings.”