(Supplied by the Ontario Hockey League)
The North Bay Battalion has been busy in the lead up to Friday’s noon trade deadline.
Three deals have been struck. The first sees the team acquire 17-year-old defenceman Avery Winslow from the London Knights in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2023 OHL Priority selection, along with a fifth-rounder in 2024.
London originally drafted Winslow in the fifth round of the 2018 OHL draft.
“Avery is a young defenceman who’s extremely mobile and will do a lot of things for our team moving forward,” said Battalion general manager Adam Dennis. “He uses his speed to get up the ice and takes pride in his defending. We look forward to having him join our talented group of young players.”
The second trade of the day included import Martin Has. Has, originally North Bay’s first-round pick in the 2019 Import Draft, was sent to the Guelph Storm for a third-round pick in 2022, 2023 and a 15th round pick in 2022.
Originally playing with Tappara Tampere in the Finnish Elite League, Has joined the Battalion for last night’s 6-0 defeat to the Mississauga Steelheads. Has also represented his country, the Czech Republic at this year’s World Juniors. Has was taken in the fifth round of the NHL draft last June by the Washington Capitals.
The last trade trickled in just as the deadline was passing. North Bay agreed to send forward Cameron Peters, along with a sixth-round pick in 2022 to the Niagara IceDogs for the rights to Christian Stevens, along with an eighth-round pick in 2022 and a third-round pick in 2023.
Peters scored two goals and four assists for six points in 30 games with the Troops this season. He was originally a second-round selection in the 2018 OHL draft.
Stevens has been plying his trade with the Junior “A” Whitby Fury this season with eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points in 32 games. Stevens was drafted in the sixth round in 2018 by the Windsor Spitfires before an offseason trade saw him land with Niagara last summer.
In other Battalion news, Luke Moncada was appointed captain before the start of Thursday’s contest. Moncada succeeds Brad Chenier, who was traded to Sudbury earlier in the day.