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Trade Analysis: Battalion Stabilize Defence with Theo Calvas from Sarnia

Theo Calvas of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Photo: Aaron Bell/OHL Images

On Tuesday, the Sarnia Sting announced a trade that saw overage defenceman Theo Calvas moved from Sarnia to North Bay in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick and a 2022 conditional sixth-round pick.

Background

Calvas was an extremely late round draft pick by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2015 when they took him in the 14th round, 281st overall. Surprisingly, Calvas made the team the following year, but only dressed for 25 games, recording a single assist.

Calvas started the next season in the Soo as well, but was shipped off after 29 games to the Sarnia Sting where he finished the final 24 games of his season, adding his first career OHL goal in the process. With Sarnia, Calvas truly blossomed into his OHL potentially, specifically in 2017-18. Calvas was the only Sting D-Man to dress for all 68 games, and lead the team with 103 PIMs. His +29 was also second on the team to fellow defender Connor Schlichting. Calvas was rewarded with an invite to Carolina Hurricanes prospect camp late in the summer.

After dressing in four of Sarnia’s first six games, he has been traded to North Bay where he joined the team on Wednesday and is expected to play his first game Friday against the Flint Firebirds.

The Verdict

Like many of the trades recently, Sarnia had one too many overage players and had to make a move. That typically limits bargaining power, but this is a pretty good return considering the circumstances. North Bay has a wealth of draft picks, so they can afford to toss around a fair bit to make something happen. Even still, they get what looks to be good value on paper for Calvas, especially if he plays to his potential from last year.

To say North Bay’s defence is off to a rough start would be an understatement. Their 38 goals allowed tie them with Flint in that category for most in the OHL. Their defence is very young past fellow overager Cole Cameron, so Calvas evens that out a little bit. North Bay are anticipating he’s going to be a top-pairing guy off the bat, so there’s going to be lots of playing time and responsibility up for grabs as the Battalion try and salvage their season from a shaky start.

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