Whalers Make Last Minute Splash At Trade Deadline

Posted: January 10, 2015 in 2014-15, News, OHL News, Trade, Whalers

WComing into the Friday’s trade deadline the Whalers were in last place in the West and 11 points away from a playoff spot. Fans were wondering what moved might be made by the rookie General Manager, Mark Craig.

To give Craig credit, he has made some good moves with the team early in the season. He brought in Matt Watson when we needed defense without giving up a single player or future pick, and he also brought in OA defenseman Sean Callaghan for a 4th round pick in 2016 and the rights to Connor Carrick. [Yes, you read that right. At least that’s what the OHL media site is reporting]

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Thursday we saw our first move for the Whalers. Liam Dunda was sent to the Owen Sound Attack for two picks. London’s 3rd round pick in 2016 and Niagara’s 4th round pick in 2017. Dunda took to Twitter to give his thanks to the Whalers organization and express his excitement for the next step in his OHL career.

The clock hit Noon with no word about any other trades in the pipeline. However, as long as the teams communicate the trade to the league before Noon, there still could be a final few trades that get announced after the deadline. This happened to be the case this year as the Whalers were part of a three way trade with Oshawa and Windsor.

Let’s break this down, even though it’s not that complicated.

First Trade:
Windsor: 
Ryan Moore, Guelph’s 4th round 2015
Oshawa: Chase Pearson, 2nd round 2021, 3rd round 2018

Second Trade:
Plymouth: Matt Mistele
Oshawa: Ryan Moore, Guelph’s 4th round ’15, 6th round ’16, 4th round ’17, 3rd round ’19, 2nd round ’20

Overall the Whalers set themselves up to acquire additional talent in the future through the OHL Priority Selection without blowing up the entire team. They picked up seven picks and Ryan Moore right before the deadline.

Yes, while the Whalers did get rid of their top scorer with Mistele, I still think this trade will be considered a long term win for the Whalers. Just imagine, right now there is an 11 year-old out there that will be selected with the 2020 2nd round pick that came in this trade.

Our first look at the short term gains Plymouth may have made with this trade will not be seen until the Whalers take on the Soo on Saturday when Ryan Moore joins the team.

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