What a busy and hectic time of the year it has been. The holidays are always full days and add to it the excitement of the World Junior tournament and the fact that my whole family has been sick the last few days have been a blur to say the least.
Nevertheless, the hockey world trudges on and the prospects news you need to know is all right here.
Let’s start with some trades that have been happening across the CHL as the trade deadlines for those leagues are fast approaching. Keep in mind players competing at the WJC cannot be traded until they are finished and returned to their respective leagues.
The Kingston Frontenacs traded Carolina Hurricanes prospect Warren Foegele to the Erie Otters:
The Fronts are a middling team this year after previously trading sniper Spencer Watson (Los Angeles Kings) to Mississauga and losing Lawson Crouse, Michael Dal Colle and Roland McKeown to the pro ranks. Erie on the other hand is loading up for a Western Conference arms race adding Foegele to their offensive depth which includes Dylan Strome (ARI), Alex DeBrincat (CHI) and Taylor Raddysh (TB). Erie has elite top end offensive talent and the addition of Foegele gives them depth comparable to other Western powerhouse teams like London, Windsor, and Sault Ste. Marie. Foegele will provide excellent complementary scoring depth as well as bolster the faceoff prowess.
The Sarnia Sting trade Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nikita Korostelev to the Peterborough Petes:
Korostelev played in his 200th career and first game for the Petes Tuesday night scoring and goal and two points in a 3-1 win over the Fronts. Korostelev failed to make the Russian World Junior roster but is having a bounce-back season returning to the point per game pace. Korostelev should bolster the Petes offence as they are only one point behind Oshawa in second in the Eastern Conference and are looking for a deep playoff run to help their recent financial troubles.
The OHL trade deadline is Tuesday January 10th; other players who could be in play include Leafs prospects Jeremy Bracco and Stephen Desrocher, Mitchel Stephens (TB), Givani Smith (DET) Cam Lizotte, Ryan Mantha and Nathan Bastian
In the QMJHL the St. Johns Seadogs traded Winnipeg Jets prospect Luke Green to Sherbrooke
Since the trade, Green has four assists in 2 games with his new team. Green who was unhappy with his playing time on the second overall Seadogs asked for a trade. Now on the 15th overall Sherbrooke Phoenix he will get plenty of ice time.
The Gatineau Olympiques traded Colorado Avalanche prospect Nicolas Meloche to the Charlottetown Islanders:
Almost a year after acquiring Meloche from Baie-Comeau, the Olympiques traded Meloche after 54 games played over two seasons for Gatineau. Meloche is in his final season of junior and Gatineau is likely to miss the playoffs while the Islanders are cur