New goalie fired up

JASON HILLS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

Torrie Jung hasn't played a single minute of WHL action this season, but it's expected he'll get a ton of minutes with the Edmonton Oil Kings.

The junior club has been in search of a veteran goaltender with experience and finally landed Jung in a trade with Lethbridge yesterday for a sixth round pick in the 2010 bantam draft.

"I think this is a situation where I am going to get a lot of minutes," said Jung who is a Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick. "I am ready to show everybody that I can play at this level as a starting goaltender."

With Dalyn Flette out a minimum of four weeks with a foot injury and 16-year-old Cam Lanigan left to carry the load, Oil Kings general manager Bob Green pulled the trigger.

Jung, 19, spent two seasons with the Kelowna Rockets, posting a 21-17-12 record during that span. This season he was expected to be the No.1 guy between the pipes, but the Rockets released him just prior to the start of the season.

Kelowna dealt Jung to Lethbridge last week, but before he could even play a game for the Hurricanes they moved him to the Oil Kings.

"They had three guys and they had to make a decision, and their younger guy stepped up," said Green.

"We're fortunate we were able to acquire an experienced goaltender in this league and the fact he's an NHL drafted goaltender is a big bonus. And he'll help out Cam (Lanigan)."

With Jung's arrival, it leaves Flette's future with the Oil Kings a bit cloudy. The 18-year-old native of Calgary was given the reigns to be the Oil Kings starting goaltender, but he's struggled, going 3-7-1 in 11 games. He posted a 4.28 GAA during that span and an .847 save percentage. Both stats are near the bottom of the WHL.

"I think for 'Fletter' he's just got to focus on getting healthy," said Green in regards to Flette's foot injury.

"He's got to talk to a surgeon, and if it requires surgery, he's got to deal with it."


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