Its hard to keep up with the CHL
trades made over the last few days. And its hard not to be following the bus from Oshawa to Belleville
this afternoon, as the big trade that has yet to be made occupies a lot of attention all over the hockey world.
As of 5:00 this afternoon, John Tavares
is still a member of the Oshawa Generals. He is scheduled to play tonight in Belleville
against the Bulls, but we will have to wait and see. If a trade is really close, it is possible that Tavares
will be held out of the game, but as of now, he's playing. Rumours have London, Windsor, and Brampton as the possible destinations, but my money is on London. Windsor already pulled off a big enough trade today (see below).
Brampton would probably like to get Tavares
too, but I am not sure that the team could give up enough and still make it far in the playoffs. Some of the trades made today suggest that Brampton thinks that this is the Battalion's year, but very honestly, if I was Brampton I would have let Windsor and London battle it out, been sellers this year (i.e., trade away Hodgson
) and stocked up for next season. It does not look like that is in the Battalion's game plan, but I hope this gamble pays off for them, because it is a big risk.
Okay, I have had my say on this topic. Let's look at what happened today.QMJHL
There were seven trades thus far in the Q today. With only approximately 15 hours left, there should be a flurry in the morning, but let's look at today's trades in context.
Before tonight's games, three teams (Shawinigan
) had 67 points to lead the league. The Cataractes
have played three more games than the Wildcats, and two more than the Voltigeurs
was not involved in any trades today. But on Monday, the team traded top prospect Danick
Gauthier to St. John for excellent offensive blueliner
Alex Grant. This is Shawinigan's
year, as next year, many of the team's best players will be professionals, but I just don't think they will go all the way.Drummondville
on the other hand, has been very active the past few days, and is my pick for the Q this year. Today, the Voltigeurs
continued to stockpile talent. The prize this day was netminder
, who is so much better than his mediocre stats. Yesterday it was Chris DiDomenico
. This team was already stacked offensively. Now they have put a couple of other pieces together and will be formidable going forward.Moncton
sent prospect Tyler Noseworthy
today, and got prospects Joey Dillon and Mitch Morgan last week, but generally have not done much.
Neither has Quebec, which is right behind the top three teams. With 64 points in 41 games, the Remparts
have two games in hand on Shawinigan
, and only three points separate the teams. No trades today for Quebec, but on Monday, Quebec traded for defenceman
Alexandre Neron, who will be a huge player along the blueline
for the the Remparts
. It was worth giving away Quebec's first and third round picks for Neron, who is in his second year of NHL Entry Draft eligibility.
Cape Breton is not out of the race to win the President's Cup either. No trades today, but over the last two weeks, the team got a tough guy in Brad Tesink
, and good blueliner
Michael Ward (but to get Ward, the Screaming Eagles had to give up first round draft pick Sam Finn to Lewiston
). In an interesting trade that may work out extremely well for Cape Breton, the team traded Jeremy Gouchie
to Montreal in exchange for Taylor MacDougall
is loading up for the Memorial Cup. Today's trades included the Oceanic, who got Maxime Ouimet
in exchange for bunch of draft picks and rookie netminder
. Earlier this week, Rimouski
gave up six draft picks, including two first rounders, to get offensive defenceman
, diminutive goalie Mathew Dopud
and prospect Justin MacNaughton
. Potential overager
(who is currently playing in the AHL
) was also traded to the Oceanic for a late-round pick. Rimouski
now has seven players drafted by NHL teams, including Logan MacMillan
and Patrice Cormier
, and will be a formidable foe in the Memorial Cup, but the long run up to the playoffs, I just don't see the Oceanic moving atop the league.
On the other end, St. John has sold almost all their good players for picks. The Sea Dogs are stocking up picks for a run in two to three years from now. It should be a tough rest of the season for St. John, but the future looks bright. Both Acadie
are doing the same thing--building for the future.
is also at the bottom of the pack, in fact, the Foreurs
are in last place in the entire league, and have been very active over the last two weeks. But instead of stockpiling picks, Val-d'Or
has been trading for a run next year. We shall see how this works out, but it is an interesting strategy.OHL
There were fewer trades thus far in the OHL
today. In fact, thus far there were only five. Friday at noon is the trade deadline, so you can expect a lot of movement tomorrow as the best teams shore up their ranks.
Today's big trade involved the Windsor Spitfires, who received Ben Shutron
, Josh Unice
, and Scott Timmins
from Kitchener for prospect Brandon Maxwell, overager
, and three second and third round draft picks. Not enough actually, in my opinion, but it was what the market would bear.WHL
No trades thus far today, but yesterday Kyle Beach and Mike Alexander were sent packing from Everett to Lethbridge
for the young first round draft pick blueliner
, winger Dan Iwanski
, and a first round pick in 2009.Lethbridge
also picked up the 2010 NHL draft eligible Brody Sutter
earlier this week from Saskatoon in exchange for a fifth round pick. Sutter
has not been very effective this seaosn
, but at 6'3", the winger has good potential.
In other trades over the last few days, the Regina Pats obtained overager
Matt Robertson in exchange for another overager
and a 4th
round pick in 2009 from the Prince Albert Raiders.
Also Prince Albert
got Ryan Kowalski
, who has not been very effective this season for the Prince George Cougars, for prospect Robbie Ciolfi
trade deadline is Saturday at 4 pm, so several more exchanges are expected between now and then.