Wolves pack adds young pup

Randy Russon
January 9, 2018

Sudbury Wolves general manager Rob Papineau has continued a youth movement wheel and deal with a series of transactions that include a major addition.

As the last place team in the Eastern Conference of the Ontario Hockey League moved out several older veterans for future draft picks, the Wolves also acquired a 2001 birth-year plum in the process ahead of Wednesday’s OHL trade deadline.

Gone from the Wolves in a series of swaps are 1997 birth year goalie Mario Culina (to the Kitchener Rangers), 1997 birth year forward Troy Lajeunesse (to the Erie Otters), 1998 birth year forward Michael Pezzetta (to the Sarnia Sting) and 1998 birth year defenseman Reagan O’Grady (to the Mississauga Steelheads) for a total of seven draft picks.

The Wolves then used four of those picks to obtain highly-regarded, 2001 birth year defender Peter Stratis from the Ottawa 67’s. The right-handed shooting Stratis was Ottawa’s first-round pick at the 2016 OHL draft.

Stratis expressed delight at heading to Sudbury from Ottawa.

“I am super excited to get up to Sudbury and join a team that is moving in the right direction,” relayed Stratis.

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