Aces acquire hometown boy Trupp for Skelly and Haltigin

The Alaska Aces worked a three-player trade today, acquiring hometown winger Evan Trupp from the Bakersfield Condors for winger Shawn Skelly and defenseman Chris Haltigin.

Trupp should be in the lineup Friday night when the Aces play the second game of their three-game series at San Francisco -- the Aces opened the series Wednesday night with a 2-1 win.

Trupp, of Anchorage, the former state player of the year and former North Dakota standout, moves from the league's worst team to its best. He didn't look particularly sharp in a three-game series at Alaska last week, but is a skill winger who could flourish on a top-two line (evidenced by his 41 points in 44 games as a senior for the Sioux).

He owns 5-22--27 totals in 60 games this season after going 12-22--34 in 45 games as a rookie.

Trupp could also be of help on a power-play unit. The Aces have converted just two of their last 27 man-advantage chances in the past eight games. Even so, they are riding a five-game winning streak and have secured at least a point in 17 of the last 18 matches.

The Aces signed Skelly out of the Southern Professional Hockey League when they were short players in-season, and he earned 7-7--14 totals in 19 games. Haltigin owns 3-8--11 totals in 46 games.

Without Haltigin, the Aces are slightly thin on defense, with William Wrenn and Corey Syvret up in the American Hockey League and Mike Baran injured, though Baran seems close to returning.

Today marks the ECHL trading deadline.