Sunday, December 09, 2007

Saginaw makes major swap with Bulls

The Saginaw Spirit completed a trade with the Eastern Conference’s Belleville Bulls today.

The Spirit pick up forward Brendan Taylor, goaltender Edward Pasquale, a third-round pick in 2008 and a third-round pick in 2010 for forward Jan Mursak, defenseman Nigel Williams (pictured) and goaltender Parker Van Buskirk.

“We are very excited about the latest additions to our organization,” stated Spirit GM Don Edwards. “Pasquale is one of the best 1990-born goaltenders in Ontario and is someone that we can build on for the future. Taylor will bring a great dynamic to our team as he is a gifted forward who can also help out on special teams play.”

Taylor is a 1989-born native of Oakville, Ontario. In 26 games with the Bulls, he has tallied three goals and 12 assists. Last season, Taylor played with Peterborough Petes, notching 10 goals and 15 assists in 64 games.

Pasquale has played 10 games in net for the Bulls this season, posting a record of 4-4-1-1 with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage. He had his first OHL career shutout against Peterborough on Oct. 13.

"We wish these three young men the best of luck in Belleville," said Edwards. "We as an organization are very appreciative for all of their efforts this past season.”

Mursak is a 1988-born Slovenia native that was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. This season he tallied six goals and 20 assists in 26 games. Mursak is currently away playing in the World Junior Championship ‘B’ pool tournament.

Williams is an Aurora, Ill., native that came to the Spirit from the University of Wisconsin in the early part of the 2006-2007 season. This season he has notched five goals and 19 assists in 29 games. The 1988-born player was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round in 2006.

Van Buskirk is a 1988-born goalie from Windsor, Ontario. This was his first season with the Spirit, after coming to Saginaw via a trade with the Sarnia Sting in the beginning of the season. In 10 games he has posted a record of 5-4-0-0, with a 3.26 goals-against average and a .874 save percentage.

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