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Americans Acquire Malm, Picks in Exchange for Olson

Candice Ward/Calgary Hitmen

KENNEWICK, WA – Tri-City Americans General Manager Bob Tory announced today that the team has traded 20-year-old forward Kyle Olson to the Calgary Hitmen.

In exchange, the Americans receive 20-year-old forward James Malm, a second-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft (originally Tri-City’s pick from the Jake Bean trade), and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 WHL Bantam Draft that could become a second-round pick based on conditions.

“It was hard to move Kyle as he has spent his whole career as a Tri-City American and is our team captain,” stated Tory.

“However, after evaluating our season it has become apparent that some changes were necessary. Recouping high draft picks is a very important factor for our club moving forward.”

Malm, a native of Langley, BC, was originally selected by the Vancouver Giants in the second round (44th overall) of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. In his 251 WHL game career, the 5-foot-9 and 165 pound forward has recorded 76 goals and 137 assists for 213 total points.

“James Malm is an experienced WHL player who has scored 200 points in his career,” stated Tory. “We welcome him to our team.”

James Malm WHL Career Stats
SEASON TEAM GP G A PTS PIM +/-
2019-20 Regular Season CGY 21 3 14 17 6 +7
2018-19 Regular Season VAN 13 9 6 15 4 +1
2018-19 Regular Season CGY 51 25 37 62 22 +11
2019 Playoffs CGY 11 2 4 6 4 -5
2017-18 Regular Season VAN 72 19 47 66 26 +6
2018 Playoffs VAN 7 2 1 3 6 +1
2016-17 Regular Season VAN 69 20 31 51 18 -16

 

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