Thursday, August 04, 2011

Whalers get OA Bathgate from Belleville

The Plymouth Whalers have announced the acquisition of 20-year-old forward Andy Bathgate from the Belleville Bulls.

In return, the Whalers send third round picks in the 2013 and 2014 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selections back to Belleville.

Bathgate is the grandson of NHL Hall of Famer Andy Bathgate.

Bathgate was selected by Belleville in the third round (54th overall) in the 2007 OHL Priority Selection and was taken by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fifth round (151st overall) in the 2009 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Bathgate enjoyed his best offensive season in the OHL last season for the Bulls, scoring 25 goals and 35 assists for 60 points in 64 games. In all, Bathgate has scored 42 goals and 75 assist for 97 points in 172 career games in the OHL.

The acquisition of Bathgate gives Plymouth five overage players (1991 birthdays) on the roster - forwards RJ Mahalak, Jamie Devane and Peter Neal, along with Bathgate - and defenseman Beau Schmitz. OHL teams can play three OAs during the season.

Photo courtesy Aaron Bell/OHL Images

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