The Windsor Spitfires acquired a proven 40 goal scorer in one of two trades Thursday
The first of the two deals saw Windsor send Anthony Stefano to Barrie for Winnipeg Jets prospect Brendan Lemieux. The teams also swapped a pair of draft picks in the deal.
In their second deal of the day, Windsor traded defenceman Liam Murray to the Kingston Frontenacs in exchange for Kingston’s 3rd round pick in
Regarding the trade with Barrie, Windsor GM Warren Rychel says “We want to finish strong this season and get back into the playoffs. This trade will help us this year and next year. We want our guys to learn how to win now with an eye toward taking a shot at a Memorial Cup title in 2017.”
He says the trade with Kingston was a result of the Frontenacs looking looking for a veteran defender, and the Spitfires want to “give young guys like (Tyler) Nother and (Kyle) Auger a chance to play”.
Barrie’s General Manager and Head Scout Jason Ford says the deal with Windsor was a good fit for both teams. “We obtain a skilled player that comes to the rink with a good work ethic in Anthony Stefano, and the Spitfires acquire a proven goal scorer in the league in Brendan Lemieux.”
Lemieux was selected in the 2nd round (31st overall) of the 2014 NHL Entre Draft by the Winnipeg Jets.