The Peterborough Petes have landed Akil Thomas ahead of Friday’s OHL trade deadline.
The team made the announcement Thursday, that they required Thomas from the Niagara IceDogs for 2002-born forward Cameron Butler and four draft picks.
“We felt that this move was an important step to take in order to put our organization in the best position to achieve our short- and long-term goals,” said Petes general manager Michael Oke.
“We know that in order to acquire a good player you have to give up a good player, and we’ve given up a good player in Cam Butler.”
Thomas comes to Peterborough having just competed with Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship where he scored the game winning goal to help Canada capture their 18th gold medal in World Junior history.
As far as Butler, he’s coming off a 16-year-old season that saw him score 18 goals.
“I have been a huge fan of his since his draft year and have always wanted him in Niagara.” Said IceDogs’ general manager Joey Burke.
“He brings a complete package with size, skill, speed, grit, and at 17 already possesses one of the best shots in the league.”
Burke would go on to say this is the hardest trade he has had to make during his time as GM.
“Akil was the first player I ever drafted, and is my favourite IceDog of all time, there were a lot of tears shed.”
As part of the deal, the IceDogs also receive a pair of second round picks, a third, and a fourth round selection.
OHL teams have until noon Friday to finalize their rosters.
- Akil Thomas (Los Angeles Kings prospect)
- Cameron Butler
- 2nd round pick in 2020 (Mississauga)
- 2nd round pick in 2022 (Peterborough)
- 3rd round pick in 2022 (Niagara)
- 4th round pick in 2024 (Peterborough)