Hometown boy Guhle gets his first taste of being with powerhouse Oil Kings

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There’s a fair possibility Hill adds another veteran forward before the Jan. 17 trade deadline with top-six forward Latimer leaving

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Jim Matheson  •  Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Oil Kings defenceman Kaiden Guhle (4) knocks down the Medicine Hat Tigers’ Oasiz Wiesblatt (7) at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia Article content

General manager Kirt Hill knew he had to refurbish his Edmonton Oil Kings’ defence this summer, so the in-season big-name trade additions of Luke Prokop from Calgary and Kaiden Guhle from Prince Albert are all part of laying the foundation for a long run to the Memorial Cup.

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Hill, always one of the most active Western Hockey League managers, lost Matthew Robertson (New York Rangers’ farm team) and Ethan Cap (playing mid-level pro in Greenville), and had to fill those holes. He got Prokop, Nashville’s 2020 third-round pick, in October, and Guhle, Montreal’s first-rounder, who will likely have the C on his chest for Team Canada at the world junior, on Wednesday.

Prokop and Guhle, in his first Oil Kings game, started as a pair Friday against Medicine Hat, but moved all over when defenceman Carson Golder was hurt in the first frame as the Oil Kings demolished the Tigers 8-2.

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