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Trade Analysis: Mississauga Fill out OA positions with Alan Lyszczarczyk

Alan Lyszczarczyk of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Photo: OHL Images

On Monday, the Mississauga Steelheads announced they executed a trade with the Owen Sound Attack to acquire overage forward Alan Lyszczarczyk in exchange for a 2019 5th round pick (SAG), a 2020 3rd round pick (SAG), and an 8th round pick in 2022.

Background

Lyszczarczyk first landed in the OHL with the Sudbury Wolves for the 2015-16 season. That year, he quickly acclimated to the OHL game, posting 50 points in 67 games ranking seventh amongst all OHL rookies. With his 17 goals, Lyszczarczyk finished third overall in Sudbury goal scoring. Lyszczarczyk returned to Sudbury the following year, but found success to a lesser degree with only 10 goals and 32 points to show.

In August of 2017, Lyszczarczyk was traded for the first time in his OHL career from the Wolves to the Owen Sound Attack. Goaltender Zach Bowman and a 4th round pick in 2018 were also both sent along to Owen Sound in exchange for a collection of draft picks. In his first season with Owen Sound, Lyszczarczyk registered a career-high 21 goals and added 41 points. Then during Owen Sound’s playoff run, he tacked on another eight goals and 13 points in 11 postseason games before being eliminated by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the second round.

After rejoining Owen Sound for his overage season, Lyszczarczyk spent time in and out of the lineup as the Attack juggled four overage players. After playing 10 games and posting 11 points, Lyszczarczyk now joins the Mississauga Steelheads.

Verdict

The Attack had to do something at some point with their OA situation thanks to Sean Durzi, Trenton Bourque, and Kevin Hancock all returning this year in addition to Lyszczarczyk himself. Although the popular belief was that Bourque would be the odd one out, Owen Sound had been testing the market on Lyszczarczyk for almost a month, most notably with the North Bay Battalion. With options limited, there were only so many trading partners, and to get the return the Attack do out of the deal is quite commendable. Owen Sound wanted at least one third round pick out of this, and they get that with another decent pick coming up in a 5th rounder for 2019.

Mississauga are off to a surprisingly good start, and they clearly feel like they have a chance to make some noise in the OHL this year. Hard to argue with that logic now with Owen Tippett and Ryan McLeod in the lineup in addition to some good results thus far. After Sam Meisenheimer left after only two games to join Summerside in the MHL, there was a wide open spot for an overage forward to join. They get a pretty good one in Lyszczarczyk who has skill, but production has historically been up and down. The good news for Mississauga is he’s coming off a great playoff run and has found ways to be effective on a deep Owen Sound forward unit to start this year. Mississauga had a vacancy in their top six for someone like Lyszczarczyk to step in, and it’s hard to see him not factor into any offensive success the Steelheads have right now. It’s a decent price to pay, but the Steelheads get good value in return with a player-type that their lineup was previously lacking.

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