Knights grant trade wish

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

Corey Syvret's father Dave is an OHL scout for London and his older brother Danny was the captain of the 2005 Memorial Cup champion Knights.

Family connections aside, the 17-year-old defenceman said he made a rare request to be traded from London, the team that selected him in the first round (20th overall) in the 2005 OHL draft.

A few hours before yesterday's trade deadline, the Knights sent the defenceman to the Guelph Storm for well-travelled 19-year-old blue-liner Trevor Solomon, a fourth-round pick in 2007 and a third-rounder in 2008.

With an import spot free after dealing Adam Hasani to Erie, London also added 18-year-old Czech winger Jakub Korinek from Sudbury on the waiver wire.

"I talked to my agent Mark Guy and he asked if Guelph was a place I wanted to go and I said, 'In a heartbeat,' " Syvret said. "I have a lot of respect for Mark Hunter and the Knights, which is a class organization. I don't think they had to trade me. I asked for a trade because I thought it would be in my best interest to go somewhere else."

Mark Hunter thought Syvret may be able to reach his potential with Guelph but came to the conclusion a move would be in the best interest of both team and player. He had missed a few games this year with a back injury he said he suffered in practice.

"Corey had stalled here a little bit and at the end of the day, it's a good thing because he's able to go somewhere new," Hunter said.

Solomon, who was a first-rounder for Sarnia in 2003, has also played for Sault Ste. Marie near his hometown of Garden River before moving to Guelph this season. He has 41 points in 170 OHL games and had three points in four games for the Soo in a playoff series with London last year.

While many players would love to suit up for a London club that routinely plays home games in front of 9,000 people and is pursuing a fourth straight OHL regular season title, Syvret craved the opportunity for more ice time and a fresh start in a different market.

"It's my (NHL) draft year and I thought there might be a better place somewhere for me to play a lot," Syvret said. "I'm going to Guelph where Jason Brooks is an (assistant) coach and he knows me from the (World) under-17 championships. The defence has (Londoner) Drew Doughty, who is the same age as me but a great player who I can learn a lot from. They also have (two-time world junior gold medallist) Ryan Parent, who I hope to mould my play after."

With London expecting Scott Aarssen back next year and the addition of Kevin Montgomery from Ohio State a few weeks ago, it didn't appear Syvret was in a position to get top-flight ice time for the Knights anytime soon. He sought his brother's advice on the situation before making his decision.

"I talked to Danny (currently with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League) on the computer and asked him what he thought and he told me to do what I felt was right for me," Syvret said.

Syvret knew the expectations of playing on the same junior team after his brother, named the Canadian Hockey League's defenceman of the year in 2004-05, was going to be tough business.

"I don't know what people in London expected of me -- if they expected a little too much and thought I would put up the offensive numbers Danny did because I haven't -- not to this point," he said. "I'm a different player than Danny . . . I'm definitely more of a defensive player trying to take care of my own zone."

That's what Guelph will ask of him and it's a job he's looking forward to performing in a city just 20 minutes from his hometown of Millgrove.

"I've talked to the Storm and they like the way I play," he said. "I don't know if I'm going to live at home. It's not far but I understand they have a good billet situation in Guelph."

What about his father's connection to the Knights?

"I haven't talked to him about it but I know he likes working for London so we'll see what happens."

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