IceDogs deal Paquette for picks
The Niagara IceDogs traded the some of their present for the future Thursday, dealing over-age defenceman Jacob Paquette to the Peterborough Petes.
The IceDogs received the following selections: 2020 third round (Kingston); 2021 second round (London); 2021 third round (Peterborough); 2021 fifth round (Peterborough).
“This was an extremely difficult decision to make today. Jacob is an established star on the back end in this league, and I wish him nothing but the best in Peterborough,” IceDogs general manager Joey Burke said.
The IceDogs needed to replenish their draft picks after several deals last season.
“The fact of the matter is we went all in last year,” Burke said. “This year, we are in a position where we need to recoup draft picks, specifically over the next two years, especially in 2021. This trade accomplishes that for us and then some, bringing us more than back on track to move forward.”
Paquette, a former 2017 seventh-round pick of the Nashville Predators, had spent his entire career with the Frontenacs, and has served as an assistant captain before a November 2018 trade that brought him and teammate Jason Robertson to Niagara. He recently returned from rookie camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He also attended their summer development camp.
The move leaves the IceDogs with four OA’s: Elijah Roberts, Drew Hunter, Bradey Johnson and Oliver Castleman. Teams can have more than three over-age players on their roster to begin the season but can only dress three per game.
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