The Ottawa 67s knew pretty early on that they were going to be contenders heading into the 2019-20 season but that they needed just a few more pieces if they wanted to make it deeper into the playoffs. With a strong defence including five returning veterans and an elite goaltending committee in Cranley and Andree, forward was the position they were going to need to upgrade to become competitive for championships.
🚨TRADE ALERT🚨#67s completed a trade with the Rangers. Acquiring 20 year old forward Joseph Gareffa. In return, 67's send three third round picks to the Rangers.
— Ottawa 67's (@Ottawa67sHockey) October 20, 2019
With over-ager Joseph Garreffa from the Kitchener Rangers, a prolific forward is precisely what they get. Before coming to Ottawa, Garreffa had 225 points in 245 games and earlier this season pursued professional hockey in the Los Angeles Kings system. His return to junior hockey was stalled by the fact that the Kitchener Rangers already had their maximum amount of overage players. Therefore he was not eligible to play on the roster until he or one of his 1999 born teammates was traded. The 67s ended up acquiring him to play on the top-line with Austen Keating and Marco Rossi to increase their already strong point-totals.
Since acquiring Garreffa, the 67s have won all three games, and the newcomer has managed three goals and four assists over that time. A strong offence made an impact in all three games as the 67s let in four goals, three goals, and two goals but still won all of their games. Garreffa has found instant chemistry with veteran Keating and NHL Draft Prospect Rossi with his speed and skill complementing the 67s high-offense style well.
Unfortunately, with the addition of Garreffa, the 67s were over their limit for overage players which meant they needed to make a change. This was done through the trade of Hudson Wilson to the Peterborough Petes which affected many around the organization.
🚨TRADE ALERT🚨#67s trade veteran Hudson Wilson to Peterborough.
— Ottawa 67's (@Ottawa67sHockey) October 23, 2019
Wilson had been with the organizations since his debut in the OHL five seasons ago. Although he may not have lived up to the potential some fans had of him, he won over many of their hearts and will be missed in the Ottawa area and especially by his teammates. He will make a solid addition to the Peterborough Petes deadline and this move will help him stand out if he wishes to transition to college or even professional hockey.
The Ottawa 67s this week have three games in a row, which promises to make for a tough week for the 67s. The team first will travel to Niagara on Friday, before immediately going to the Erie Otters for a Saturday night game. After they battle the IceDogs and the Otters they will get on another bus to end their triple-header in Hamilton. If the 67s can get a couple of points from this three-game marathon, they will set themselves up well for the rest of November.