With the OHL trade deadline formally passed, the Erie Otters (and their followers) can get settled in for a fewer-unstable next half of the year. The Otters have designed their moves and solidified their roster with a couple of vital trades — most notably, the trade with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds involving Taylor Raddysh and Jordan Sambrook in trade for 2017 initial-rounder Hayden Fowler and a whopping 9 draft picks.
The next trade that came just the day ahead of the deadline associated Otters’ defenseman Mitchell Byrne, who was dealt to the Kingston Frontenacs for a sixth-spherical decide on in 2018 and a thirteenth-spherical decide on in 2020.
Taylor Raddysh the great in shape for the Greyhounds. (Photograph by Aaron Bell/OHL Photographs)
Just several hours ahead of the Byrne trade, Erie obtained overager (OA) Troy Lajeunesse from the Sudbury Wolves in trade for a fifth-spherical decide on in 2020. Lajeunesse will take goaltender Troy Timpano’s third OA spot on the roster, as the workforce also declared the release of Timpano pursuing an prolonged time period of inactivity thanks to an undisclosed harm.
Restocking the Picks Department
The Otters ended up in determined have to have of replenishing their upcoming draft picks after investing a lot of of them away to go all in for their championship runs more than the past number of seasons. General manager Dave Brown set out seeking to get a very good return for some of the veteran gamers that most likely would not be on the roster following 12 months, in buy to protected a vivid upcoming for the franchise.
It is the Soo’s change to go all in for the championship this 12 months, and Raddysh and Sambrook are elated for the chance to add to nevertheless an additional championship run. Raddysh tweeted that “winning a championship very last year was just one of the major accomplishments I have ever been a portion of,” and that quotation arrives even after successful a gold medal with Team Canada in the 2018 Globe Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Buffalo just the day ahead of the trade was declared.
Team Canada poses after beating Sweden in the Gold medal recreation of the IIHF Globe Junior Championship at KeyBank Centre on January 5, 2018. (Photograph by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Photographs)
“Both Taylor and Jordan ended up instrumental in aiding us make recollections that the metropolis of Erie, the business and teammates will bear in mind without end and we’re evermore grateful for their contributions,” reported Brown in a push release on investing two of our remaining staple veterans from Erie’s OHL Championship year.
On prime of replenishing Erie’s upcoming draft decide on pool, Brown at the same time additional nevertheless an additional initial spherical decide on in Hayden Fowler, drafted by the Soo just two places ahead of our individual Emmett Sproule in the 2017 OHL Precedence Choice.
“In getting Hayden, we have brought in a younger man who carries a lot of of the core features this business would like in a participant in the locker space and on the ice,” reported Brown. “We are thrilled with what Hayden can increase to our currently thrilling group.”
Younger Gets Young
The new additions to the Otters have pushed the team’s suggest age properly below 18. This is Hayden Fowler’s initial 12 months in the OHL. Remaining traded is a ton to tackle for an individual who is currently even now just striving to locate their footing in this league, but the sixteen-12 months-old heart has managed the ordeal quite properly hence much. Possibly his self-explained sunny individuality has to do with his seemingly easy adjustment coming to Erie from Sault Ste. Marie, but he has prioritized staying beneficial and recognizes the special prospect he’s been offered below.
The Greyhounds have some extraordinary talent on their roster—the likes of Morgan Frost and Boris Katchouk are the epitome of significant-powered offensive talent—but that similar asset can also be a hindrance to rookies like Fowler who are not allotted much ice time subsequently.
“It’s a great prospect for me and I’m on the lookout forward to staying able to add a lot more to this workforce,” Fowler muses, “maybe a minimal a lot more than I did with the Soo. They have a great gifted group of men there. I assume I’ll have a better chance below.” Fowler performed in 33 video games with the Soo, mounting two objectives and two assists. He averaged just under a shot on objective a recreation, but that number really should start to increase significantly as he’s integrated into a youthful workforce that is in have to have of some scoring prowess.
“I assume I can provide a minimal a lot more scoring and perform-making [to the Otters].” Fowler considers himself a quick and experienced fashion of participant, and cites Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins as his favorite NHLer and a shining instance from which to design his fashion of perform after.
Ringing in the New Era
Fowler is on the lookout forward to his initial home recreation in Erie this Saturday against the Niagara Ice Dogs, acknowledging that “it’s going to be thrilling,” but nerves should not be too much of a element considering the fact that it’s “probably a ton like the home video games in the Soo.” Of study course it’s not the similar, considering the fact that it’s a brand name new metropolis, new arena, new teammates, and new fashion of perform to get utilised to, but the practical experience Fowler has acquired in Sault Ste. Marie will without doubt come in useful in not only the coming times in Erie, but for decades to come.
At the conclude of the day, Fowler reveals the appropriate mindset for the occupation at hand: “There’s absolutely a little bit of force, but I try not to assume about that too much and I’ll just try to do my very best.”