If you know Nick Porco, you know that he is a happy, friendly, positive kid who would be hard-pressed to share a negative thought about anyone.
Which tells me that the 18-year old Sault Ste. Marie native had to be rather unhappy with the situation in Saginaw to ask the Spirit to move him.
And while it took three weeks for Saginaw to trade Porco, who the Spirit took in the first round (fourth overall) at the 2017 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft, the 6-foot, 180-pound left winger was finally dealt to the Barrie Colts just recently.
With a fresh start in Barrie, Porco — who was a fifth round pick by the Dallas Stars at the 2019 National Hockey League draft — can now focus on trying to develop into the impact OHL player that many see him as.
Porco has one assist in three games with Barrie, which is a very solid fourth in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. And he came up big in just his second game with the Colts, scoring in the shootout to help his new team earn a 4-3 road victory over his old Saginaw squad.
The feeling here is that playing for a knowledgeable hockey guy like Barrie coach Warren Rychel just might bring out the best in Porco.