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Trade Analysis: London Knights Swing Deal for William Lochead to Secure OA Situation

William Lochead of the Niagara IceDogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Photo: Terry Wilson/OHL Images

On Tuesday, the Niagara IceDogs announced a trade which sees overage defenceman William Lochead traded from the IceDogs to the London Knights in exchanged for a 3rd round draft pick in 2024.

Lochead went undrafted into the OHL after playing out his minor midget days with the London Jr. Knights program. Lochead went straight to Ridley College the next season where he played 33 games in the MPHL and the CISAA. The following season, he made the IceDogs for 49 games in the regular season, adding a goal and three assists. He would dress for all 17 playoff games en route to an appearance in the OHL Finals.

Lochead would spend each of the next two seasons as an IceDog, playing a combined 107 games in that time. Both years he was top two in IceDogs penalty minutes with 88 in ’16-17 and a team-leading 92 in ’17-18.

In July of 2018, Lochead along with teammates Kyle Langdon committed to Western University to forgo their overage season and joins the Mustangs in the OUA. After playing preseason with Western, Lochead has decided to return to the OHL with the London Knights and play his overage season.

The Verdict

Niagara get a small return here, but the options were extremely limited. Word is after committing to Western, Lochead was having second thoughts about his decision. He last dressed for the Mustangs on September 29th against the Queen’s Gaels. Still wishing to attend Western university this year, if Lochead was going to continue his OHL career, it was going to be with the London Knights, nobody else. This trade is more of a favour to Lochead than anything, as he returns to his hometown and will continue to take classes at Western while he plays for the Knights.

As it stands, London’s OA situation is full with Lochead, Matthew Timms, and Joseph Raaymakers. With Lochead still committed to Western, if London make a move around the trade deadline to add another overage body, it’s possible Lochead could rejoin the Mustangs in 2019. But for now, the intent is he plays as a London Knights and may join the Mustangs program in ’19-20, but there’s still a lot of time for that to change.

London get a good defenceman who plays with a mean streak. He adds a specialty depth option to the lineup, and he’s happy to be playing in his hometown. The trade certainly helps London, but the real winner is Lochead himself.

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