Shortly after sending Reagan O’Grady to the Saginaw Spirit, the Mississauga Steelheads followed it up with another trade which sees Kyle Heitzner move from the Barrie Colts to the Steelheads in exchange for a 6th round pick (‘21).
Heitzner was originally drafted by Barrie in the 11th round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection out of the North Central Predators Minor Midget program. After a year in Jr. B with the Cambridge Winter Hawks, Heitzner cracked the Barrie Colts lineup for the ’16-17 season as a rookie. Over the next two seasons, Heitzner scored five goals in each campaign, playing over 50 games each year. After missing out on the postseason as a rookie, Heitzner dressed for 11 of Barrie’s 12 playoff games in 2018, recording a single assist.
Overall, this is a fairly minor trade. Barrie send a depth piece to Mississauga where he’ll function in a similar role to start, but may see an opportunity to take a real step forward in his game given the right playing time. Barrie receive decent draft pick compensation in return, and should still be fine depth-wise even without the services of Heitzner. He was given an opportunity to crack the Barrie lineup out of preseason, but was a healthy scratch in the first two games.