Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Spirit gets former Detroit prospect Haskins

Tyler Haskins may get to call Michigan home after all.

Well, at least for one year anyway.

The Saginaw Spirit acquired the one-time Detroit Red Wings' draft pick from the Toronto St. Michael's Majors today for center Dustin Ekelman, as well as a conditional 2007 OHL Priority Selection 14th round pick and a 15th round pick in 2008. The Spirit also have the option to trade first-round Import Draft picks with Toronto next summer.

Haskins captained the Majors last year. He was Detroit's fifth-round pick in 2004, but didn't sign by the June 1 deadline this summer. If he reports to Saginaw, Haskins will be one of the team's three alotted overage (20-year-old) players.

The Madison, Ohio native ended last season with 24 goals and 51 assists in 56 regular-season games. During the 2006 OHL playoffs, he notched a goal and four assists in four games and was selected to play in the 2006 OHL All-Star Game for the Eastern Conference. His five shorthanded goals are also a team record.

Ekelman was Saginaw's fourth-round pick in 2005.

"We wish Dustin Ekelman the best of luck in his career in the OHL and beyond," stated Spirit coach-GM Bob Mancini. "We would also like to welcome Tyler Haskins to the Saginaw Spirit."

Photo by Matt Mackinder

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