Looking to replace the graduated Matthew Villalta with a veteran goalie, Soo Greyhounds have obtained overage puck-stopper Christian Propp from the North Bay Battalion.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Propp was obtained by the Soo for a conditional pick at the 2022 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft.
“When evaluating the goaltender position this off season, we knew we wanted to acquire a veteran goalie who will add depth to our team,” relayed Greyhounds general manager Kyle Raftis.
“In acquiring Christian, we now have a goaltender who has been a starting goalie in this league and one that we believe is ready to take another step in his development. We think Christian has a lot more to prove moving into his overage year and are looking forward to having him in the Soo,” Raftis added.
Propp posted a 24-24-2 record with a 3.98 goals against average and .893 save percentage for North Bay during the 2018-2019 regular season.
Then, in North Bay’s five-game, opening-round, playoff series loss to the Niagara IceDogs, Propp posted a .929 save percentage as the Battalion was upended.
Propp’s playoff highlights included stopping 53 shots in the series opener and 50 more in the series finale. Over the five-game series, Propp faced 252 shots — an average of more than 50 per game.
Meanwhile, Battalion coach and director of hockey operations Stan Butler called the trade a “good opportunity with a good team for Christian.
“Given our overage situation and what we feel is the depth in goal-tending in our organization, we wanted to give Christian an opportunity to play in the league,” Butler added.