Saturday, September 03, 2011

Whalers deal d-man Iafrate to Rangers

The Plymouth Whalers have announced the trade of 17-year-old defenseman Max Iafrate to the Kitchener Rangers in exchange for third-round draft choices in the 2015 and 2016 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selections.

Plymouth and Kitchener will also exchange first-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 Canadian Hockey League Import Drafts.

Iafrate was selected by the Whalers in the first round (15th overall) in the 2010 OHL draft. Iafrate played all of last season in Plymouth, scoring five goals with two assists for seven points and 74 penalty minutes in 62 games.

Plymouth also announced the tryout of free-agent left wing Trent Samuels-Thomas.

Samuels-Thomas, 18 years old and from Hartford, Ct., played last season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he scored two goals with five assists for seven points and 25 PIMs in 36 games.

Samuels-Thomas also played with Waterloo of the United States Hockey League in 2009-10 and spent 2008-09 with Victory Honda of the Midwest Elite Hockey League, where he scored four goals with four assists for eight points in 31 games.

Samuels-Thomas was contacted Friday and is in transit to Plymouth. He is expected to make his Whalers debut tonight in Plymouth’s preseason game against Windsor at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena.

Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

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