On Friday, the Erie Otters announced a trade that sees defenceman Josh Wainman go to Hamilton in exchange for a 10th round pick in 2019.
Josh Wainman first became a part of the Erie Otters organization in 2015 after being drafted in the 4th round, 71st overall by the team. Wainman was previously captain of the Peterborough Petes Minor Midget AAA team in his hometown of Peterborough, Ont.
Wainman split his first season of junior between the Lindsay Muskies of the OJHL, where he played 47 games, and the Erie Otters where he featured in 22 contests. Wainman cracked the Otters lineup as a regular at the start of the 2016-17 season, but saw his playing time scaled back when the Otters made a move to bring in Owen Headrick from the NCAA. Wainman would make three appearances in the playoffs for an Otters team which went on to win an OHL championship.
In 2017-18, Wainman maintained a role as a regular in the lineup, dressing for 67 games, more than any other defenceman on the team. After the Otters placed Wainman on the trade block in September, Wainman had not played a game in 2018-19 prior to the trade, but had been working out with his Otters teammates in the interim.
As is the case with many trades this time of year, the big winner is the player. It took a little while for the Otters to make a deal to move Wainman, but a lot of it had to do with finding a taker for his services. The price is relatively low, so it’s a low risk move for the Bulldogs. They get a player who they know can hang in the OHL, and his impact on the game has been historically average over the years. On what is a generally young Bulldogs team with a very young back-end, adding another veteran into the mix for low cost makes sense.
For Wainman, he played his first game in Hamilton the same day of the trade, paired with Jake Gravelle. Staying active working out with his teammates before the trade will have prepared him for game action, but it may still take a few weeks before he truly feels comfortable in Hamilton and we get a sense for what he really brings to the table as a Bulldog.