Another trade deadline has come and past, and as usual, craziness ensues. Here’s a breakdown of all the players (and picks) on the move around the O. Let us know in the comments what you think of the deals.
Acquire Evan Vierling and 2nd round picks from Flint for Tyler Tucker & Riley Piercey
Acquire rights to G Tanner Wickware from Guelph for a 7th round pick.
Acquire Anthony Tabak from Sarnia for a 3rd,4th and a 5th round selection.
Acquire Jack York from the Barrie Colts in exchange for a 3rd, 4th, and 8th round pick.
North Bay Battalion
Acquires Shane Bulitka and a 3rd and 8th round pick, from Sudbury for captain Brad Chenier.
Acquire Avery Winslow from London in exchange for 3rd & 5th round picks.
Acquire Jordan Kooy from the Sting for a 2nd, 3rd, and 5th round pick.
Acquire Philip Tomasino from Niagara for six 2nd rd picks, one 3rd, two 4th round picks, and the rights to David Gucciardi.
Acquire Daylon Groulx from Owen Sound for a 3rd, a 4th, and a 6th round pick in.
Acquire Andrew MacLean. From Oshawa for a 5th round pick in.
Acquire Cameron Peters, and a 6th round selection from North Bay for the rights to Christian Stevens, a 3rd and an 8th round pick.
Acquire Matej Pekar from Barrie for two 2nd, one 3rd, one 5th, and one 6th round pick.
Acquire Brett Jacklin from Sault Ste Marie for a 5th round pick.
It has been a battle for positioning in the standings for East Conference teams all season long and that continued in the front offices as trade deadline had teams loading up for a tun at an OHL championship.
Ottawa’s pickup of Groulx was a very shrewd pick-up as the acquisition from Owen Sound will not only bolster an already deep team with a veteran presence suited well to playoff-style hockey but didn’t cost anyone off the current roster.
Not to be outdone, the Petes and Generals acquisitions are hard to ignore as being the cannon-shots of the Eastern Conference as the two heavyweights looked to bolster themselves for a likely playoff showdown. While the Generals did trade Florida Panthers prospect Noel, the addition of star-forward Tomasino will more than make up for the offense a struggling Noel was providing, (Tomasino scored two goals and five points in his first game with Oshawa) and third-year forward Stepian will bring veteran depth. The addition of goaltender Kooy not only helps them this season but likely next year as well, as Oshawa has aspirations of hosting the Memorial Cup.
Peterborough made arguably the biggest add of the day as the acquisition of Canada World Junior hero Akil Thomas will certainly add to an offence sitting third in goals-for within the conference but behind the high-scoring 67’s. The leadership he will bring with him can’t be measured, but one can’t forget Ottawa had Kevin Bahl at the tournament as well.
Niagara certainly made restocked the draft-cupboard adding six second-round picks and two third-round picks amongst others in the trades of Tomasino and Sopa.
Acquire Markus Phillips to from Guelph for a 2nd, a 3rd, and a 4th round pick.
Acquire Jason Willms from Barrie for Josh Nelson, a 2nd, and a 4th round pick.
Acquire Kyen Sopa and a 13th round pick from Niagara for a 2nd, a 3rd, and an 8th round pick.
Acquire Quinn Yule from Ottawa for an 8th round pick.
Acquire Holden Wale from Sault Ste Marie for a 3rd, 5th and 8th round pick.
Acquire Ryan Suzuki, Peter Fleming, Ryan Beck & 5th round pick from Barrie in exchange for Connor Punnett, Ethan Cardwell, two 2nds, two 3rds & a 5th round picks.
Acquire Peter Stratis from the Sudbury Wolves for a 4th round pick.
It’s no secret that the East really went all out at the trade deadline. The West saw a few teams make some moves, but not quite on the same scale as the East.
Saginaw is keeping the Spirit. With the acquisition of Ryan Suzuki and rumors that Bode Wilde may be returning to the team, the Spirit look poised to make another run in the West. This team is already dangerous, and with two new weapons to play with Cole Perfetti, this is going to be a team to look out for.
The red-hot Rangers add a big piece upfront. Serron Noel was having a bit of an off-year in Oshawa (29 pts in 28 games), but when he gets going, watch out. He’s a big body that can move well and put up points, a good addition to Kitchener’s top six, and a change of scenery may be good for the Panthers prospect.
London is re-stocking its OA cupboard acquiring two new 20-year-olds. As we all know, the Knights are sure to be a threat to the West.
Aside from acquiring Martin Haš, Guelph has remained virtually the same. As they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and with the return of Nico Daws from the World Juniors, Guelph will remain competitive and likely make another playoff push.
A little surprising was the quiet trade deadline from the Western Conference leaders, the Windsor Spitfires.
Recent Import Signings:
- Defenceman Martin Hugo Has – North Bay Battalion (Traded Jan 10 to Guelph)
- Goalie Nick Malik – Soo Greyhounds
- Forward JJ Peterka – Barrie Colts
- Forward Jan Mysak – Hamilton Bulldogs
- Forward Martin Chromiak – Kingston Frontenacs