Once a Knight, now a Firebird.
Flint Firebirds have acquired highly touted forward Sahil Panwar in an Ontario Hockey League transaction with the London Knights.
Flint has transferred its fourth round pick at the 2021 OHL priority selections draft to London in exchange for the 6-foot-1, 180 pound Panwar.
Hailing from Mississauga, Ont., Panwar was taken by London in the second round, 23rd overall, at the 2018 OHL priority selections draft.
Panwar played parts of two seasons with talent-laden London and totaled six goals, five assists, 11 points in 74 games on the Knight shift.
Flint general manager Barclay Branch, in confirming the acquisition of the 18-year old Panwar, noted that the new Firebird “has untapped potential that will translate well to our style of play.”
Panwar, from his end, called the trade from London to Flint “a new opportunity and a fresh start.”
Meanwhile, Knights associate general manager Rob Simpson offered his take on the trade.
“It’s an opportunity for (Panwar) to play more,” Simpson told the London Free Press. “He had a tough two years with us and didn’t perform the way he would say he wanted to and needed a change and different spot to try to get next season going.
“He can go (to Flint) and be what we all thought he would be when we picked him in the second round.”
The Firebirds are slated to begin training camp ahead of the 2020-2021 OHL season on November 16.