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Captains swapping teams at OA deadline

London Knights acquired Jason Willms from the Barrie Colts. (Photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

One OHL trade deadline has passed, but the main event is still to come.

Thursday’s deadline to trade overagers saw a few 20-year-olds swap teams, although the deals were overshadowed by a pair of blockbuster trades from Niagara involving Akil Thomas and Philip Tomasino.

The London Knights shuffled around their OA’s this week, acquiring Markus Phillips from the Guelph Storm for draft picks.

On Thursday, they sent overage forward Josh Nelson and picks to Barrie for the Colts’ captain Jason Willms.

North Bay and Sudbury always exchanged overagers Thursday.

The Battalion sent captain Brad Chenier to Sudbury for Wolves’ co-captain Shane Bulitka.

Although some of these trades were announced after Thursday’s noon deadline, the paper work for the trades were completed in time.

The deadline for OHL teams to have their rosters finalized is noon Friday.


The Trades

To London 

  • Jason Willms

To Barrie

  • Josh Nelson
  • 2nd round pick in 2021 (Niagara)
  • 4th round pick in 2024 (Barrie)

To Sudbury

  • Brad Chenier

To North Bay

  • Shane Bulitka
  • 3rd round pick in 2023 (Sudbury)
  • conditional 8th round pick in 2022 (Sudbury)

To London 

  • Markus Phillips

To Guelph

  • 3rd round pick in 2021 (Barrie)
  • 4th round pick in 2021 (London)
  • 2nd round pick in 2023 (Hamilton)

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