67's ship Jarram off to London

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

Three minutes into the OHL season, David Jarram scored the first goal of the year for the 67's and the first of his major junior career.

But he won't be getting any more in an Ottawa uniform as Jarram, an 18-year-old defenceman known more for his fighting abilities than scoring touch, was dealt to the London Knights for prospect goalie Jody O'Neill and a fifth-round pick in the 2007 OHL draft.

Last week after a practice, Jarram approached Ottawa coach and GM Brian Kilrea and requested a trade, wanting more playing time than the few shifts he had been receiving with the 67's.

"There was nothing wrong with Ottawa," said Jarram, who had 46 penalty minutes this year. "I need more ice time, and this is going to be a better situation."

Kilrea acquired Jarram from the Soo Greyhounds last year at the trade deadline in a deal that also brought fellow blueliner Brad Staubitz to the club.

But Jarram was only used sparingly and rarely saw the ice when the 67's went on their playoff run to the Memorial Cup.

"He was good about it," said Kilrea. "He just said that if there was a place he could go where he'd play more that he'd appreciate it if I could do something."

In London, Jarram believes he will get the extra action he's looking for, particularly when the going gets rough against some of the team's stars.

"I've got to play hockey, but we can't really have anybody touching (Rob) Schremp or (David) Bolland. If I have to, I'll step up for my teammates."

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Jarram will also be reunited with former 67's and Greyhounds teammate Jamie VanderVeeken, who was dealt to the Knights earlier in the season.

London won last year's Memorial Cup and is making another strong showing this season.

"Last year, I didn't get to play at the Memorial Cup because I had to pay my dues," said Jarram, a Kitchener native who won't be far from home in London. "Hopefully, we'll make it all the way again this year."

The 67's received the rights to O'Neill, a Nepean native, in the trade.

The Knights picked O'Neill in the 13th round of the 2004 OHL draft. He is currently playing with the CJHL's Smiths Falls Bears.

"It's good to have a goalie in your system who's in town, especially if one of your goalies goes down," said Kilrea.

IN THE CREASE: G Danny Battochio will make his 10th straight start for Ottawa tonight when the Belleville Bulls pay a visit ... RW Arron Alphonso will return from a knee injury after missing six games ... Rookie W Joe Pleckaitis (jaw) won't play ... Kilrea hopes to have import W Tibor Radulay (flu) in the lineup ... Fans can make donations to a trust fund for Sebastien Savage at the team's office located at Gate 4 of the Civic Centre.


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