Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Saginaw deals Clouthier, gets Pleckaitis

The Saginaw Spirit have acquired winger Joe Pleckaitis and a 12th round pick in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection from the Barrie Colts for winger Andrew Clouthier and a 11th round pick in the same 2009 draft.

“Joe is a good fit for the team and is the type of player that fits Todd Watson’s style,” stated Spirit GM Don Edwards. “He is a hard-working grinder that gives 110 percent on every shift.”

The Markham, Ontario native enters his third season in the OHL. Pleckaitis was selected by the Ottawa 67’s in the second round of the 2005 OHL Priority Selection and tallied seven assists in 48 games with the 67’s that season. He notched a goal and six assists in 14 games with the 67’s during the 2006-07 season before being traded to the Barrie Colts, where he scored two goals and two assists in 30 games. He also tallied a goal for the Colts in the 2007 post-season. Pleckaitis comes to the Spirit having played 4 games with the Colts this season and tallied a goal against the Oshawa Generals on September 27.

Clouthier was selected by the Spirit in the 2006 OHL Priority Selection. During the 2006-07 season, Clouthier tallied two goals and three assists in 53 games.

“We feel that this is a good move for Andrew," added Edwards. "We expect that he will receive a lot of ice time and will continue to develop his skills with the Barrie Colts organization.”

“We wish Andrew the best of luck in Barrie and will miss his contributions to the team,” stated Watson. “He is a hard-working player that will find success wherever he plays.”

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