December has been a busy month for trades in the OHL as teams begin to differentiate between buyers and sellers approaching the midway point of the season.
In a trade that was finalized over the weekend, Niagara acquired 2014 OHL Goalie of the Year Alex Nedeljkovic and Josh Wesley, both Carolina Hurricanes prospects, from the Flint Firebirds for goalie Brent Moran, a second round draft pick in 2017, 2018 and 2021, as well as a 3rd round draft pick in 2018 and 2019.
London traded Ryan Valentini to Sudbury from a 2nd round pick in 2019. Valentini has split times between the OHL and GOJHL since signing with London as a free agent. The Mississauga native has 3 assists in 24 career games with the Knights, but has scored an impressive 26 points in 14 games with St. Thomas (GOJHL) this season.
Peterborough made a move to help an already very strong blue line by acquiring Troy Henley from Saginaw for an 8th round pick in 2017. Henley split times between Ottawa and Saginaw during his first two seasons in the OHL. The 18-year-old has six points in 16 games with Fort Erie (GOJHL) this season. He’s a former teammate of current Pete Matt Spencer.
Earlier in the month Sarnia acquired Memorial Cup and OHL Champion Matt Mistele from the Oshawa Generals for a 2nd round draft pick in 2016 and a pair of 3rd round draft picks (2017 and 2018).
This is just the beginning of the busy OHL trade season before the January 11th trade deadline, January 8th is the deadline for overagers.