Cranbrook native Payton Lee (#1) stares down former Ice forward Tim Bozon (#20) last season during the Giants lone visit to the East Kootenay. Lee was dealt from Vancouver to the Edmonton Oil Kings Thursday.

Cranbrook native Payton Lee (#1) stares down former Ice forward Tim Bozon (#20) last season during the Giants lone visit to the East Kootenay. Lee was dealt from Vancouver to the Edmonton Oil Kings Thursday.

Cranbrook native Lee dealt from Giants to Oil Kings

WHL goaltender Payton Lee, a native of Cranbrook, was traded from Vancouver to Edmonton Thursday afternoon

Cranbrook native Payton Lee is headed east.

Thursday afternoon, the 19-year-old netminder was dealt from the WHL’s Vancovuer Giants to the Edmonton Oil Kings in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.

“We think this will be a welcome change for Payton that will allow him to have success,” said Scott Bonner, Giants executive vice president and general manager, in a team release.

In 140 games with the Giants, Lee amassed a record of 52-71-5-4 with a 3.39 goals-against average and .885 save percentage.

For the Oil Kings, the move came to help fill a void left with placement of goaltender Alec Dillon on long-term injury reserve.

“With Alec expected out of the lineup for a longer term, we wanted to make a move to add depth and experience alongside Patrick Dea,” said Randy Hansch, general manager of the Oil Kings, in a team release. “Patrick has played well for us and we think that adding Payton will be a nice compliment as a tandem in our net.”

Lee became expendable in Vancouver after the Giants acquired 20-year-old puckstopper Daniel Wapple from the Regina Pats earlier in the day.

Lee is expected to join the Oil Kings Friday when they visit the Calgary Hitmen.


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