by Chris Messina (@cmessina85)
It was a busy weekend for the Ottawa 67’s. Not only did they wrap up their prospects camp at the University of Ottawa this past weekend, but they dealt center Nick Foglia to the Brampton Battalion in exchange for ’92 born goaltender Keegan Wilson. General Manager Chris Byrne also acquired Kitcheners first pick in the upcoming Import Draft for Ottawa’s 8th rounder in next year’s Priority Selection.
The battle in net: Things are really starting to get interesting now as the team starts to get ready for September, especially in nets. At the moment the 67’s have control of two overage goaltenders in Wilson and Shayne Campbell, plus Michael Nishi who played very well when given the opportunity last year. In 17 games after being acquired from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds mid-season Nishi posted a record of 9-6-1-1 with a GAA of 3.31 along with a .902 save percentage. As it looks right now Nishi and Wilson will probably split time innets for the 67’s in the fall. As for Wilson he is a late bloomer. Last year at the age of 19 he was an OHL rookie and managed to go 12-9-3-3 while posting a 2.82 GAA and .892 save percentage. Just two years ago he was playing Jr. ‘C’ with the Stayner Siskins.
As for Campbell, he battled injuries all of last year and was only able to play in 1 game during the regular season. At this point it looks like he’ll be the odd man out. Any team would be hard pressed to use two of their three overage spots in nets. They 67’s also have ’95 born Jacob Blair. He spent last season playing Jr. B with the Ottawa West Golden Knights and backed up Nishi over the Holidays last winter while Petr Mrazek was away at the World Juniors playing for the Czech Republic. As it stands right now, barring a trade it seems like he might be in the plans for 2013-14.
67’s active with trades: Foglia established himself as a defensive center for the 67’s last year, but they do appear to have a bit of a depth up the middle with Sean Monahan, Tyler Graovac and their most recentfirst round pick, Dante Salituro. With the trade to Brampton it gives him an opportunity to get more ice-time and for Ottawa to fill that position with a younger player, possibly one that attended the prospects camp this past weekend.
It should come as no surprise that Ottawa acquired Kitchener’s 1st round pick in the CHL Import Draft as theymight have two open spots on the roster next year for imports. Petr Mrazek and Michal Cajkovsky occupied those two spots last year. There is a chance Cajkovsky comes back as over ager next year, but it might really depend on how the rest of the summer plays out.
Ottawa might have made a couple of moves already, but the off-season might just be beginning.