Rating OHL deadline trades

AEDEN HELMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 AM ET

THE GOOD

Ottawa (1st East)

Mike Cazzola, 12th round 2012 from Erie for 2nd round 2014, 5th round 2013, 7th round 2015

John McFarland from Saginaw for David Perklin, 4th round 2014

The 67’s added much-needed scoring support, with veterans Cazzola and McFarland pencilled in on the second line, without giving up too much. This could be the 67’s last legitimate shot at a title for a while, as Petr Mrazek, Marc Zanetti, Tyler Toffoli, Shane Prince, Dalton Smith and both Cazzola and McFarland are expected to turn pro next season.

London (1st West)

Austin Watson, 4th round 2016 from Peterborough for Chase Hatcher, 2nd round 2014, 2nd round 2016, conditional 4th round 2018

Greg McKegg, Brett Cook, Tyson Teichmann from Erie for Dane Fox, Troy Donnay, 2nd round 2012, 2nd round 2016

Knights GM Mark Hunter always seems to be able to swing big deals without mortgaging the future. Getting Watson, who starred for the Americans at the world juniors, from the Petes was an absolute steal. Both Watson and McKegg, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, were captains of their respective teams.

Sarnia (4th West)

Ryan Spooner from Kingston for Ryan Kujawinski

Adrian Robertson from Windsor for 2nd round 2016, 2nd round 2017, 3rd round 2012

Tyler Brown from Kingston for Taylor Carnevale, Jack Nevins, 3rd round 2016

J.P. Anderson from Mississauga for Brandon Maxwell, 2nd round 2012, 2nd round 2013, 2nd round 2014, 5th round 2014, 5th round 2015

With a lineup that already boasts Nail Yakupov and Charles Sarault, Sting GM Jacques Beaulieu went out and sold the farm, but got back three of the best players available at their positions — Spooner (forward), Robertson (defence) and Anderson (goalie) — and a good character player in Brown. Spooner might be the biggest name to change teams before the deadline, and Anderson is a proven playoff warrior.

THE BAD

Peterborough (6th East)

With Matt Puempel sidelined with a concussion and Slater Koekkoek having season-ending shoulder surgery, trading Watson for futures amounts to throwing in the towel on what began as a promising season.

Sault (7th in West)

Not so much for what GM Kyle Dubas did at the deadline, but for what he didn’t do. Namely, trade world-class goaltender Jack Campbell.It cost the Soo two players and seven picks to acquire Campbell from Windsor on Nov. 2, and since then, the Soo has plummeted to the point where a playoff spot is no longer a guarantee. Trading Campbell would have restocked the cupboard.

Miss-St. Mike’s (8th East)

Memorial Cup hangover set in on the Majors, and despite the fact that they remain within the thick of a tight Eastern conference playoff race, the Majors dumped Anderson and veteran forwards Derek Schoenmakers, Joseph Cramarossa and Jordan Mayer.

THE CRAZY

Niagara (3rd East)

Jamie Oleksiak, conditional 6th round 2013 from Saginaw for Schumacher, Alex Sakerapoulos, Cristoval Nieves, 2nd round 2013, 2nd round 2015, 3rd round 2012, 3rd round 2012, 8th round 2013

Brett Ritchie from Sarnia for 2nd round 2012, 2nd round 2013, 2nd round 2014, 5th round 2013

Oleksiak and Ritchie are both solid players who will bolster a roster — with Freddie and Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Strome and Mark Visentin — that reads like Team Canada’s starting lineup at the world juniors. The IceDogs are putting it together after underachieving for most of the season.


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