Here come the OHL trades

Randy Russon
January 8, 2020

As the Ontario Hockey League trade deadline approaches — Thursday for overage (1999 birth year) players and Friday for all others — the deals are happening in a fast and furious manner.

Over the past day or so, the following transactions have been finalized.

  • In a blockbuster deal involving three players who are all former first-round picks, Flint Firebirds obtained 2000 birth year, point-per-game defenseman Tyler Tucker and 2002 birth-year forward Riley Piercey from the Barrie Colts for 2002 birth-year forward Evan Vierling and two future second-round draft picks.
  • Barrie then sent third, fourth and fifth round draft picks to the Sarnia Sting for hulking, 2001 birth-year forward Anthony Tabak.
  • Sarnia pared down its three-goalie rotation by shipping 2000 birth-year stopper Jordan Kooy to the Oshawa Generals for second round and fifth round draft picks. Kooy had been obtained by the Sting from the London Knights earlier this season.
  • After getting Kooy from Sarnia, Oshawa then flipped 2001 birth year goalie Andrew MacLean to the Niagara IceDogs for a fifth-round draft pick.
  • London paid a big price to secure overage defenseman Markus Phillips from the Guelph Storm as the Knights sent second, third and fourth round draft picks to the reigning OHL champions.
Defenseman Tyler Tucker, who hails from the northwestern Ontario town of Longlac, is now a member of the Flint Firebirds after being obtained from the Barrie Colts.

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