Troops acquire goaltender Propp

NORTH BAY, Ont. — The North Bay Battalion has acquired goaltender Christian Propp in a trade with the Owen Sound Attack, the Ontario Hockey League club announced Sunday.

The Battalion sent defenceman Brady Lyle and a seventh-round pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection to Owen Sound for Propp and a 10th-round pick in 2020.

Propp, a six-foot-two, 195-pound resident of Milton, Ont., was a fifth-round pick by the Barrie Colts from the Halton Hurricanes minor midgets in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. Barrie dealt him to Owen Sound earlier Sunday for three picks, second- and fifth-rounders in 2019 and a seventh-rounder in 2020.

In 37 OHL games, Propp, who turned 18 on March 27, has a won-lost-extended record of 8-22-2, a goals-against average of 3.80 and a save percentage of .886. He played for visiting Barrie in the Battalion’s season opener Sept. 22, giving up four goals in a 5-2 North Bay victory that included an empty-net goal.

“We’ve acquired a goalie that we think is a good young goalie, who’s a ’99 birth and can play between the pipes here for a while, and that’s something we know we needed,” Stan Butler, director of hockey operations and head coach, said after the Battalion ended a losing streak at eight games with an 8-2 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs.

Lyle, a North Bay native who was the Battalion’s first-round pick in 2015 from Shattuck-St. Mary’s, a private school in Faribault, Minn., asked for a trade because of the nature of his ice time.

The Battalion has seen three goaltenders staff the crease this season, in holdovers Julian Sime and Mat Woroniuk as well as Christian Purboo, who made his OHL debut in a 7-1 road loss Friday night to the Mississauga Steelheads. Purboo, backed up by Woroniuk, made 29 saves in the win over Kingston.

Propp was expected to arrive in North Bay on Monday.

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