A week later, and the dust has settled on the 2018 OHL Trade Deadline.
The contenders shored up their weak spots, and the rebuilding teams replenished the cupboard. As usual, plenty of picks and players were on the move.
Some teams will be a little slim when it comes to the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. If they’re able to win their way to the 2018 Memorial Cup however, it’ll all be worth it.
So with a few games behind us and the new faces in new places, let’s recap the 2018 OHL Trade Deadline. Releases aren’t factored into the article, and all draft pick counts are according to the OHL draft pick database. Only moves taking place between January 1st and 10th are accounted for.
Recapping the 2018 OHL Trade Deadline
Hamilton Bulldogs – 60 points
Add: Jake Gravelle, Robert Thomas, Nicolas Mattinen, three draft picks (one conditional)
Subtract: Reilly Webb, Riley McCourt, Connor McMichael, nine draft picks (five conditional)
The Takeaway: Hamilton is deep from top to bottom. They now feature nine NHL-drafted players, and seven of their forwards have 30+ points this season. Robert Thomas strengthens them down the middle, and Nicolas Mattinen adds to a blueline that also added Riley Stillman after Christmas. As you can see, even after trading away Reilly Webb, it’s hard to find a weakness in Hamilton. They saw a chance to attack the Eastern Conference and they took it.
One Crazy Thing: The Bulldogs have acquired two 2018 second round picks this season (London and Kitchener). The highest original pick they gave up this year? A 2018 third round pick in the TJ Fergus deal.
Just spitballing for #Bulldogs
Strome – Thomas – Bitten
Caamano – Moore – Studenic
Kaliyev – Saigeon – Entwistle
Mutter – Burnell – Nurse
Jackson – Garagan – Murray
Lemcke – Stillman
Mattinen – Gleason
Walters – Landry
Webb – Hanley
— Reed Duthie (@rcduthie) January 9, 2018
Niagara IceDogs – 53 points
Add: Sam Miletic, two draft picks
Subtract: Zach Shankar, four draft picks
The Takeaway: The IceDogs added an impact OA in Sam Miletic, which should boost an offence that’s middle of the pack in the East. Early reports have him suiting up alongside draft eligible Akil Thomas. That could make a deadly combination. Niagara has made no secret of the fact they’re gunning for the division this year. This move undoubtedly helps and adds valuable experience. The cost was pretty worthwhile too, considering they only gave up one 2018 pick.
One Crazy Thing: Over his past 100 games, Miletic has been a point-per-game player. He has 53 goals and 56 assists over that stretch (Courtesy: IceDogs this Week).
Barrie Colts – 51 points
Add: Dmitry Sokolov, one draft pick (conditional)
Subtract: Alexey Lipanov
The Takeaway: Barrie’s biggest move came before Christmas, acquiring Curtis Douglas and picks to Windsor for Aaron Luchuk. Going out and getting Dmitry Sokolov was a good move to add offence. The best thing for the Colts , owever, is just getting a healthy Andrei Svechnikov back. They’ll be neck-and-neck with Niagara down the stretch, and it’ll definitely be fun to watch.
One Crazy Thing: Since coming back from his broken hand, Svechnikov has been held scoreless just three times in ten games. He has two goals and two assists since returning from the World Juniors. Without injuries or the WJC, his 1.32 points-per-game works out to 84 over the course of a full 68 games.
Sokolov gives the Colts another top sniper. They have now acquired the OHL’s top goal scorer in Luchuk, added Sokolov, who is also among the league leaders, to go along with 20-goal score Jason Willms & Andrei Svechnikov, who is among the best players in the league.
— Gene Pereira (@GenePereira1) January 10, 2018
Kingston Frontenacs – 48 points
Add: Sean Day, Gabe Vilardi, Cliff Pu, Max Jones, Mitchell Byrne
Subtract: Cody Morgan, Nathan Dunkley, fourteen draft picks (three conditional)
The Takeaway: You want to see a team that’s all in? Just look at the Frontenacs. From afar, the moves they made may make them the favourite in the East, and they’re currently sitting in fourth. They added game-changers across the board, and a relatively unknown 2017 commodity in Gabe Villardi. Four of those additions also have Memorial Cup rings. That’s almost an unheard of level of experience in the OHL.
One Crazy Thing: After not playing a game the entire season, Gabe Vilardi has nine points in six games. His first game was a two assist effort, and his third was a four point night. Including last year’s playoffs, five of the seven games Villardi has points in have been multi-point efforts.
Oshawa Generals – 43 points
The Takeaway: It was a quiet deadline for the Generals, who moved Riley Stillman to the Hamilton Bulldogs ahead of the deadline. Before December they picked up Brendan Harrogate and Mario Peccia, while dealing Mason Kohn. With the moves the teams ahead of them made, it’ll be tough for the Generals to make noise in the East.
One Crazy Thing: The Generals only have one second-round pick in each of the next four years, but have plenty of ammo after that. In 2022 they own three seconds (OSH, ER, HAM), and two in 2023 and 24 (OSH, ER), with Erie’s second in 2024 being conditional. They own their own second-round pick from 2022 to 2028; one of just eight teams who can say that.
North Bay Battalion – 42 points
Add: Jake Henderson, Matthew Struthers, Braden Henderson, ten draft picks (two conditional)
Subtract: Brett McKenzie, Cam Dineen, one draft pick
The Takeaway: Stan Butler is restocking the cupboard, and smartly did so by dealing exclusively with the West. Matthew Struthers was on a five-game point streak since coming over from Owen Sound, bringing two picks with him. The biggest move was sending Cam Dineen to Sarnia, which gave North Bay a whopping five non-conditional picks. While none of the picks in that deal were for 2018, it gives North Bay assets to use to manipulate this year’s draft and offseason.
One Crazy Thing: The Battalion have made three trades with Owen Sound since October 22. Also, North Bay has made one trade within the Eastern Conference since last April (ten trades).
Peterborough Petes – 40 points
Add: Brady Hinz, three draft picks (one conditional)
Subtract: Jonathan Ang, Jonne Tammela
The Takeaway: The Petes dealt one of their most-valuable pieces in Jonathan Ang, and got draft eligible Brady Hinz and two picks back. It’s been a trying year in Peterborough, so getting back some value was good. They were also able to get a pick in return for the rights to Import Jonne Tammela, who may or may not come back from the AHL. If he does, the Petes will be getting another third round pick, but it won’t be in the immediate years.
Jonne Tammela being an impact player for the Soo as they make a push to the memorial cup would he a fitting end/salt in the wound for a #Petes season where nothing went right.
— Matt Campbell (@mattcampbell9) January 9, 2018
Ottawa 67’s – 39 points
Add: Shaw Boomhower, Jacob Cascagnette, Merrick Rippon, four draft picks
Subtract: Peter Stratis, Mathieu Foget, three picks (one conditional)
The Takeaway: The 67’s struck a pretty good balance entering the deadline. They opened the New Year by acquiring Boomhower, Cascagnett and Rippon from Mississauga. It cost them Foget and three picks from 2018/19 (one conditional), but they were able to make up for it. In dealing Peter Stratis, they pulled in four picks, three of which fall in the next two years. Erie’s third in 2018 was one of them and should net them a pretty good player. Mississauga’s second in 2019 seems like a bit of a wild card, while Peterborough’s second in 2019 could go either way.
One Crazy Thing: The 67’s will pick five times between the second and fourth rounds of this year’s draft. In 2019 Ottawa owns their second pick, as well as Niagara’s, Mississauga’s and Peterborough’s. They have at least two seconds in every year from 2019-2022, and at least two thirds from 2018-2021.
Mississauga Steelheads – 37 points
Add: Cole Carter, Reagan O’Grady, Mathieu Foget, four picks (one conditional)
Subtract: Jake Gravelle, Shaw Boomhower, Jacob Cascagnette, Merrick Rippon, six picks (one conditional)
The Takeaway: The Steelheads held on to their biggest offensive pieces, likely hoping for an about-face down the stretch. If Mississauga can right the wrongs of earlier this season, they could find themselves in a winnable four/five matchup. If they can maneuver their way through that, who knows? After 2018 they hold just one second in the next five seasons (2022), so if they were willing to sell, the offers likely didn’t meet their demands.
One Crazy Thing: Saying that a ninth-place team could jump into a four/five matchup seems crazy on its own. Right now, however, the ninth-place Steelheads are just six points out of fifth.
Sudbury Wolves – 30 points
Add: Alexey Lipanov, Peter Stratis, Ethan Lavallee, eight draft picks (two conditional)
Subtract: Dmitry Sokolov, Reagan O’Grady, Troy Lajeunesse, Mario Culina, Michael Pezzetta, seven draft pick (one conditional)
The Takeaway: The Wolves were working on their future at the deadline. The high cost of the Peter Stratis acquisition is a good one, as the former first rounder should mature into a good OHL defender in two years. By that point, hopefully the Wolves are back to competing. If they aren’t, they’ll at least be in position to add to a cupboard that’s filling up. Over the next four drafts, there are just four rounds where Sudbury doesn’t own a pick.
One Crazy Thing: It’s looking like, for the third time in four years, the Wolves will own a top-three pick. Since 2010, the Wolves have picked outside of the top ten just twice (2012 and 2014).
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – 77 points
Add: Taylor Raddysh, Jordan Sambrook, Jonne Tammela
Subtract: Hayden Fowler, ten draft picks (one conditional)
The Takeaway: Well when you go on a historic winning streak that has you nearly 20 points ahead of your nearest competition…you’re a buyer. Taylor Raddysh was one of the more coveted names out there, and the Greyhounds landed him. Add in Jordan Sambrook to an elite blueline, and the Soo is tough to beat. With the way Rasmus Sandin emerged over their win streak, Sambrook is almost an added luxury. A pretty high-class problem to have when you think about it. If Tammela ends up reporting he just makes the league favourite even deeper.
One Crazy Thing: While Raddysh doesn’t become the team’s leading scorer, he does sit alone in third with 53 points. He joins Morgan Frost (71), Boris Katchouk (54), Barrett Hayton (42), Tim Gettinger (40), and Mac Hollowell (40) in the 40+ club.
It's like he already knew…. or something. pic.twitter.com/vgPV7Z9B65
— Chris Pope (@_ChrisPope) January 6, 2018
Kitchener Rangers – 56 points
Add: Givani Smith, Logan Brown, Austin McEneny, Mario Culina, five draft picks
Subtract: Cole Carter, Jake Henderson, Grayson Ladd, nine draft picks (one conditional)
The Takeaway: The Rangers continue to lift players from the Spitfires, adding Brown and McEneny. Jake Henderson had become a cult hero in Kitchener, and while ‘Hendo’ will be missed, Givani Smith will give the team a lot of the same elements. It’s well documented that Grayson Ladd was a tough piece for the Rangers to part with, but if things go to plan it’ll be a price they’re willing to pay. The only question that remains is in goal. The team added Mario Culina, but is enough to insulate the position for the stretch run.
One Crazy Thing: Luke Richardson has played 30 games for the Rangers this year, going 18-9-1. He had 11 wins in 23 career games coming into this season. Now he’ll battle with Culina, who has 27 wins in 53 career games, for the starting gig. They have three combined playoff games between them.
Rangers GM Mike McKenzie on Ladd: "It breaks your heart to see a kid and player like that go. I think he’s just scratching the surface and will be a top defenceman in our league at some point.”
— Josh Brown (@BrownRecord) January 7, 2018
Sarnia Sting – 60 points
Add: Cam Dineen, Jonathan Ang, Michael Pezzetta, one draft pick
Subtract: Brady Hinz, Braden Henderson, Ethan Lavallee, twelve draft picks (3 conditional)
The Takeaway: Two years after loading up and chasing down Travis Konecny, the Sting are at it again. This time Sarnia added a big presence to their back end, and some scoring up front to boot. The presence of Dineen immediately takes the heat off of Connor Schlichting, who has their leading scorer on the blueline before the deal. While it hurts to lose the draft eligible Hinz, the Sting do find a little more consistency with Ang and Pezzetta. Sarnia matches up well with the rest of the West, and should be eyeing a spot in round two at least.
One Crazy Thing: The last time the Sting made it out of the first round of the OHL playoffs? 2007/08. Steven Stamkos tore it up that year with 105 points in 61 games.
Windsor Spitfires – 48 points
Add: Cody Morgan, Zach Shankar, Grayson Ladd, twelve draft picks (three conditional)
Subtract: Logan Brown, Austin McEneny, Sean Day, Gabe Vilardi, one draft pick
The Takeaway: There was no team I was more wrong about than the Windsor Spitfires. All year long I never saw them as a seller. The potential was there for it, but so was a core that could make another run. Instead, they stocked up on resources. Veterans Brown, Day, and the finally healthy Vilardi turned into 12 picks and two promising rookies. Despite the rumours, the team never moved off of Michael DiPietro. The Canucks’ pick will either steal a playoff series this spring or get the Spits right back into contention next season.
One Crazy Thing: A year after winning the Memorial Cup, the Spitfires come away with three first-round picks from 2017’s draft. They took Nathan Staios at 17, and now have numbers 12 (Morgan) and 13 (Ladd) in the fold. If you’re going to rebuild on the fly, that’s not a bad way to go about it.
They break them in quickly here in Windsor. RD Grayson Ladd out killing penalties for the #Spitifres
— Jim Parker (@winstarparker) January 12, 2018
Saginaw Spirit – 47 points
Add: Reilly Webb
Subtract: three draft picks (one conditional)
The Takeaway: The Spirit added Webb at the deadline, rounding out a blueline that has helped Saginaw allow the seventh-fewest goals in the league. They’re also in the thick of the battle for the 4/5 matchup. The 2018 second they gave up in the deal was actually one of three they owned. They could afford to surrender that pick, and have some time to recoup the 2022 fifth they gave up. The Spirit have been relatively quiet on the trade front this season, dealing more with future draft picks.
One Crazy Thing: Saginaw has multiple seconds and sevenths this year and have done a good job of accumulating future picks as well. They have two seconds in 2018 and 2021, and three in 2020.
London Knights – 47 points
Add: Nathan Dunkley, Sergey Popov, Connor McMichael, thirteen draft picks (four conditional)
Subtract: Cliff Pu, Max Jones, Robert Thomas, Sam Miletic, one draft pick
The Takeaway: Like the Spitfires, the Knights were tough to read. Imagine if they hadn’t started the year so slowly? Instead, they jettisoned Pu, Jones, Thomas and Miletic for a boatload of picks. While most of those selections are in the 2020s (Peterborough’s second in 2018 highlights the haul), the players are just as valuable. Nathan Dunkley has been a riser in his NHL Draft season, cracking the power rankings the past two months. Connor McMichael went to the Bulldogs at 11 last spring. The last time the Knights did this, it turned out pretty well. They brought in Pu from the Generals and would win a Memorial Cup the following year.
One Crazy Thing: London got the season kicked off on the wrong foot, going 1-8-1-0. How far have they come since then? Well they’re second in the Midwest, and 21-9-1-1 since. If that’s not crazy enough for you, the Knights have two seconds and two thirds this year, as well as four second-round picks in 2020 to work with.
Guelph Storm – 46 points
Add: three draft picks (one conditional)
Subtract: Givani Smith
The Takeaway: The Guelph Storm did right by one of their longer-tenured players, moving Givani Smith to a contender. Smith has played in over 200 games in the OHL but has just nine playoff games under his belt. All of those games coming back in 2015. Ahead of the deadline, he was refreshingly honest. While he was excited to go to the playoffs, he wanted a chance to go on a deep run. With Kitchener, he’ll hopefully get that chance.
One Crazy Thing: Of the 210 games he’s played in the OHL, just 31 have come with other franchises. Smith spent 179 games with the Storm, which seems like a long time. Until you realize he’s still 70 games short of 10th place on Guelph’s all-time list.
"It’s not that I’ve asked for a trade, but it’s my last year and we’re a middle-of-the-pack team and I want to win this year," says Givani Smith.
Column coming shortly ….
— Tony Saxon (@SaxonOnTheStorm) January 5, 2018
Owen Sound Attack – 39 points
Add: Brett McKenzie, Cade Robinson
Subtract: Matthew Struthers, two draft picks, Luke Beamish
The Takeaway: Adding a veteran presence in McKenzie will help add offence, but that’s not what has held the Attack back. They’ve given up the fourth-most goals in the West, and have a minus-five differential. Sitting in eighth in the West, the Attack need to start winning games. A first-round matchup with the Soo isn’t what anyone wants, and that’s what’s in line right now. A matchup with the Rangers isn’t much better, but there’s always a little mystery with division matchups.
One Crazy Thing: The goaltending just hasn’t been there for the Attack this year. A team GAA of 3.71 is way too high. Last year’s goal differential was 120, and they surrendered just 177 all year. This year, they’ve given up 158. It’s a big change.
Erie Otters – 33 points
Add: Luke Beamish, Hayden Fowler, Troy Lajeunesse, eleven draft picks
Subtract: Mitchell Byrne, Cade Robinson, Taylor Raddysh, Jordan Sambrook, one draft pick
The Takeaway: The end comes for everyone in junior hockey. After four-straight 50 win seasons, it was time for the Erie Otters to rebuild. Sending Raddysh and Sambrook to the Greyhounds got Erie their biggest haul. Along with Hayden Fowler, they also acquired nine condition-free draft picks. Two of those are 2018s and one a 2019. Beamish is a former third round pick who should have a chance to grow on the Erie blueline. Fowler meanwhile, is out of everyone’s shadow in the Soo, and the 19th overall pick will have a chance to flourish.
One Crazy Thing: Despite selling two big pieces, there’s still some work to do restocking the cupboard. Erie doesn’t have a second round pick this year, and has just three in the first five rounds. They have three in the sixth though, and have seconds every year from 2019 to 2023.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 6, 2018
Flint Firebirds – 27 points
Add: Riley McCourt, three draft picks (one conditional)
Subtract: Nicolas Mattinen
The Takeaway: The Firebirds only made one January move, and that was sending Mattinen to Hamilton.The return, unfortunately, isn’t close to what they paid for him earlier this year. The latest pick they gave to London was in 2020, while the earliest they got from Hamilton was 2023. This can likely be looked at as an extension of the Ryan Moore and Nicholas Caamano deal from November though. In that trade they got back Connor Roberts, two 2019 picks and one in 2020. They also did some of their heavy lifting in October, getting four picks from Kitchener for Kole Sherwood.
One Crazy Thing: The Whalers/Firebirds franchise made the playoffs every year from 1990/91 to 2013/14. Since then, they have played just five playoff games. If the standings remain the same, the franchise will have missed the playoffs three of the last four years.