The North Bay Battalion have swung a trade in the early season.

The Troops have acquired overage defencemen Nick Grima from the Sarnia Sting in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2022 OHL Priority selection.

“He’s a right-shot defenceman, which we lack,” Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Stan Butler said. “He has some experience playing on the right side. He’s a good puck mover and he defends well.”

Grima was a second-round pick, 25th overall in the 2015 draft by the Peterborough Petes. He has played a total of 235 games in the OHL scoring 10 goals, and 67 assists for 77 points. He has yet to play a game this season as Sarnia had five overage players on their roster and you can only dress three for a game.

The acquisition of Grima puts North Bay’s overage count to four, with the others being Nick King, Matthew Struthers, and Captain Brad Chenier. Clubs are permitted to carry an unlimited amount of overagers, but that number must be down to four by November 10, and three by January 9, 2020, a day before the OHL trade deadline.