Swirling OHL trade winds

Randy Russon
December 29, 2017

As rumours are rampant that the Erie Otters will move Team Canada right winger Taylor Raddysh before the January 10 trade deadline, the Hamilton Bulldogs have added yet another veteran player as they make a run at the Ontario Hockey League championship.

Hamilton, which already bulked up earlier with the acquisition of high-scoring forwards Nick Caamano and Ryan Moore from the Flint Firebirds, entered the trade market again on Thursday when it sent two second round picks and a third round selection to the Oshawa Generals for 1998 birth year defenseman Riley Stillman.

Stillman paid immediate dividends for Hamilton on Thursday with a goal and an assist as the Eastern Conference leading Bulldogs continued their winning ways with an 8-4 romp over the Mississauga Steelheads.

As for Raddysh, the 1998 birth year standout is being ticketed as headed from Erie to an OHL contender, with the Soo Greyhounds seen as a possible destination. Raddysh has 15 goals in 30 games for Erie this season.

The OHL rumour mill also has Erie shopping overage defenseman Owen Headrick, who has 8 goals, 17 assists, 25 points in 33 games as well as Mississauga listening to offers for 1999 birth year right winger Owen Tippett and the Windsor Spitfires seeing what they can get in return for 1998 birth center Logan Brown and/or 1998 birth year defenseman Sean Day.

PHOTO: Taylor Raddysh, in action with the Erie Otters. (Photo by Aaron Bell.)

What you think about “Swirling OHL trade winds”

  1. Good stuff, Randy! Always interesting, this time of year as teams jockey around the OHL chess board making moves and counter moves as they position for playoff runs or build for the future. Who will trade assets, draft picks or in some cases , over pay to acquire a perceived piece to future title aspirations! Time to buckle up and get ready for a trade flurry in the coming days as we approach the deadline! Look forward to your assessment on these moves, or non moves in the coming weeks!

    1. Thanks Chris, will have you and Brad Coccimiglio on the Hockey North Show after trade deadline to discuss moves and non moves.

  2. The Hounds went all-in three years ago and didn’t get out of the conference finals. Given the incredible roll that they’re on and the obvious chemistry, I would prefer more subtle changes. A large net-front presence (ala Jean Depuy) and someone who can consistently win faceoffs. Winning faceoffs and taking a beating to score a greasy goal are the little things that make a huge difference in the playoffs. There are more sellers than buyers at the deadline, and the asking prices are ridiculous. Let Sarnia, London or Kitchener mortgage their future for a three-month rental. I would prefer the Hounds keep their depth and premium draft picks, allow their younger players to get playoff experience, and be in position to contend again in 2018-19.

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