Kilrea bullish on trade

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:44 AM ET

Brian Kilrea has had his eye on Stephen Blunden for a while.

Yesterday, the 67's coach and GM was able to get his mitts on him.

Kilrea sent a seventh-round pick to the Belleville Bulls for the 19-year-old Blunden, a Gloucester native whose brother Mike was a second-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2005.

HARD WORKER

Blunden will be wearing No. 28 and playing left wing for the 67's tomorrow night when they host the Sarnia Sting at the Civic Centre.

"He's an Ottawa kid we've always liked," said Kilrea.

"He works hard. (Bulls coach-GM) George (Burnett) made him available because he's going with a couple of younger kids on the wing ... I had talked about him, I liked him.

"It was an easy deal to make because I had watched the kid and I liked the way he played."

Blunden, a 6-foot-2, 194-pounder, has posted less-than-spectacular numbers thus far through his four OHL seasons.

In 11 games this season, he has scored one goal and an assist, and in 108 career games, he has managed just eight goals, 11 assists and 73 penalty minutes.

MEMORIAL CUP RUN

But he did play on a Bulls team that made it to the Memorial Cup last season and Kilrea believes Blunden will be a benefit to his young 67's squad.

"He's a good skater, he goes up and down the wing and he's good with the puck," said Kilrea.

"He's been a good penalty killer. He went through a lot of experiences with Belleville, winning a championship. I just thought a little bit of experience would help our team."

Kilrea wouldn't say on what line he would put Blunden, but the team's top two left wingers, Corey Cowick and Ryan Martindale, have played well this season.

"We'll just see where he fits in best," said Kilrea, whose 6-6 club will be looking for its second consecutive win against the 5-6 Sting.


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