After The Trade Deadline

Posted: January 12, 2013 in 2012-13, OHL News, Trade, Whalers
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Last year the Whalers sat tight and did nothing at the trade deadline. Having four OA’s guaranteed that would not happen this year.

Monday we got word that Aleardi was traded to Windsor for Zach Lorentz solving their OA situation. All was silent until Wednesday night as the Whalers were taking on the Saginaw Spirit at the Dow Event Center.

With Payne being scratched for the game, speculation started to run wild on Twitter that he was the next Whaler to be traded.

Thursday morning we found out that the Whalers acquired the Spirit’s captain Vincent Trocheck for Zach Bratina, a third round pick in 2016, and two conditional picks (Plymouth’s 2015 second round pick and Kitchener’s third round 2016 pick)

Whalers still had one more move to make before the deadline hit. Simon Karlsson was traded to Oshawa for Sebastian Uvira and a fifth round pick.

Looking toward the rest of the season the Whalers are solid in net with Nedeljkovic backstopping Mahalak. Yes, Mahalak has had his off nights, but Nedeljkovic has been strong in net having yet to come up with a regulation loss this season.

The defensive unit is a bit banged up. Losing Jones for at least four weeks does not help the situation. No word yet when Crombeen might be returning to the line up. The defense looks good, providing they stay healthy.

Looking at the offense, The Whalers loaded at the deadline. Trocheck, Uvira, and Lorentz being added to the lineup just makes this team more of a scoring threat then they were the first half of the season. Granted the Whalers lose some of their power with Noesen, Wilson and Rakell to NHL camps starting this week. If the game against Brampton was any indication, the Whalers are going to try to make it deep into the playoffs this year.

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