Monday, January 09, 2012

Oleksiak dealt from Saginaw to Niagara

The Saginaw Spirit have completed a trade with the Niagara IceDogs, sending defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to the Eastern Conference club.

Also included in the package is the Spirit’s sixth-round pick in 2014 (conditional).

In return, the Spirit receive defenseman Frank Schumacher, who returns to his original OHL team, and the rights to 17-year-old goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos and 17-year-old center Cristoval Nieves.

Both Sakellaropoulos and Nieves are eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft, with Nieves highly-ranked in many mock rankings.

The Spirit also add to the team’s draft grid with this transaction, obtaining Niagara’s third-round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, along with Oshawa’s third-round selection in 2012, Barrie’s second-round pick in 2013, Windsor’s eighth-round pick in 2013 and another second-round pick, Sarnia’s in 2015.

Schumacher has split his 2011-12 season with both Sudbury and Niagara, recording two assists in 22 games. Sakellaropoulos has appeared in seven games this season for the USHL’s Chicago Steel and is winless in three decisions with a goals-against average of 3.75. Nieves is currently playing at the Kent School in Connecticut and participated for Team USA at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Tournament this past August.

Oleksiak becomes the fourth member of the Spirit to move on to a team in the Eastern Conference with tomorrow’s OHL trade deadline approaching. The Toronto native will be joining four Canadian teammates from the recently completed World Junior Hockey Championship in fellow bronze medalists Ryan Strome and Mark Visentin and brothers Freddie and Dougie Hamilton.

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