Windsor Spitfires Swing Three Trades Prior to OHL Trade Deadline
There were no last-minute blockbuster deals made by the Windsor Spitfires in the last few hours leading up to the Ontario Hockey League trade deadline that passed on January 10 at noon. Spits’ general manager, Bill Bowler, did however, address his team’s wants and needs by orchestrating a trio of of deals in the days leading up to the deadline. These three were made after two previous deals that were made earlier in the season. Here’s a look at the deals with the Windsor Spitfire deals of 2022.
To Windsor Spitfires: goaltender Matt Onuska
To London Knights: sixth round pick in 2022 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2024.
The deal with this deal: While the Spitfires already had three goaltenders, including starter Medina and rookies Matt Tovell and Downey, Onuska gives them more depth at a pivotal position. Downey, a second round pick by the Spitfires in last summer’s OHL Draft, is only 17 years old and is undoubtedly the team’s goaltender of the future. And Medina has missed a number of games this season due to various injuries and to expect Downey to step in as the starter for the rest of the regular season and into the post-season should Medina’s injury woes continue, could be detrimental to his development. . Tovell had bounced back and fourth between playing for the Spitfires and their junior b affiliate, the LaSalle Viper before getting traded to the Junior A Hawksbury Hawks in eastern Ontario this week.. Onuska, like Medina, can potentially play an overage season in Windsor in 2022-2023, with the odd man out being traded to allow for Downey to be the full-fledged backup when the Spitfires have the potential to be even better next season. The price coming back to the Spitfires next season for either Medina or Onuska should easily match or surpass the nominal cost they incurred to pickup the goalie from the Knights
To North Bay Battalion: defenceman Grayson Ladd and right-winger Kyle McDonald
To Windsor Spitfires: left-winger Josh Currie and a second round draft choice in 2022, third round draft choice in 2023 and a conditional fourth round draft choice in 2023
The deal with this deal: Bowler undoubtedly made this deal with the knowledge that he would be making another, which is precisely why he moved out Ladd, an overager, so that he could bring in another last-year player in his pending deal. While the loss of MacDonald, one of the team’s leading goalscorers (18 in 27 games this season),is significant, it is off-set by the versatility of Currie. The 19-year-old, while not having McDonald’s sheer goal-scoring prowess, has more versatility and can play all three forward positions, making him an ultra-valuable commodity for his new team. The acquisition of the draft choices from North Bay, like the moving out of Ladd, added to the Spits draft pick cupboard and allowed them to move some of these out in Bowler’s final, and perhaps most significant, pre-deadline deal.
While Ladd is in his last season of junior hockey, both Currie and MacDonald are eligible to return to their respective teams as overagers in 2022-23.
To Windsor Spitfires: defenceman Andrew Perrott
To Owen Sound Attack: a second round draft choice in 2022, third round draft choice in 2023, sixth round draft choice in 2024 and third round draft choice in 2025
The deal with this deal: High-end overage players usually bring in a big haul when they are traded as these players are impact players and are game-changers while also being viewed as perhaps the last piece in a championship puzzle while also being seen as mentors for younger player and elevating a team’s status from pretender to contender. And make no mistake about it – in the 2021-22 OHL season, Perrott is a high end player who saw sought by a number of teams. He is instantly inserted into the Spits’ top defence pairing and provides a intense physical presence on the Windsor blueline. Prior to arriving in Windsor, Perrott had a goal and 22 assists in 23 games with Owen Sound. He notched two assists (one per) in his first two games with the Spitfires, both road wins over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds last weekend.
In trades made earlier this season the Spitfires acquired right winger Alex Christopoulos from the North Bay Centennials and centre Jacob Maillet from the Guelph Storm. A total of three future draft choices were sent the other way.