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The Edmonton Oilers announced today that they have acquired center Kellan Lain from the Vancouver Canucks, in exchange for center Will Acton. In a separate transaction, Oklahoma City Barons contracted Mitch Holmberg was sent to the Canucks AHL affiliate in Utica.
Will Acton was brought in last season to help the Oilers situation at the center position, following his coach Dallas Eakins from the Toronto Marlies. Unfortunately, Acton could never keep hold in the NHL and spent considerable time in Oklahoma City. In 53 games with the Barons, Acton earned 25 points, and was one of the team’s most effective penalty killers. He had a slow start to this season after getting assigned on November 6th, but started to get his groove back in the past couple games.
Mitch Holmberg was signed to an AHL contract at the end of last season, finishing out the stretch run with the Barons after his season with the Spokane Chiefs came to an end. Holmberg won the WHL scoring championship last season by scoring 118 points in 72 games. Holmberg got into one game with the Barons, notching an assist, before being sent to the Bakersfield Condors for their playoff run. Holmberg has spent this season with the Condors, scoring one assist in eight games. Holmberg was recently put on the ECHL 21-day Injured Reserve by Bakersfield.
Coming to the Edmonton organization is center Kellan Lain. An undrafted free agent out of college, Vancouver signed him at the end of the 2012-13 season after finishing his time at Lake Superior State University. Lain played 13 games with the Chicago Wolves that season and was held pointless. Last season, Lain spent the majority of the season with the Utica Comets, scoring 19 points in 63 games and also made his NHL debut, scoring one goal in nine games with Vancouver.
The 6-foot-6-inch Lain skated in 10 games with Utica so far this season, earning one assist and twenty penalty minutes. Lain will wear the number 23 for the Barons.