As reported by LocalSportsReport.com last week, Niagara IceDogs 2014 first round pick Logan Brown, who had not signed with the IceDogs since being drafted, failed to show up for opening day of training camp today and was promptly traded to the Windsor Spitfires. In exchange for Brown, the IceDogs will receive six draft picks which includes Guelph’s 2nd round pick in 2015, Kitchener’s 3rd round pick in 2016, Windsor’s 2nd round pick in 2017, Windsor’s 14th round pick in 2017, Guelph’s 2nd round pick in 2018 and Windsor’s 3rd round pick in 2018.
In addition to these picks, Niagara will receive a compensatory 1st round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection Draft due to Brown being considered defected as per league rules. The pick will be 7th overall.
Word around the league is that this a good deal for both the IceDogs and Brown. The IceDogs’ roster this year is full having lost only two forwards from last year’s team. In addition, the team will need to make room for Cody Payne, who the IceDogs aquired last week from the Saginaw Spirit and 2014 Import draft pick Mikkel Aagaard , who are both forwards. Had Brown came to the IceDogs, his playing time would have been limited to fourth line minutes at best, which is something that Brown was well aware of. Now Brown will get a chance to make an immediate impact with the Spitfires, who have several roster spots open at the forward position.
For the IceDogs, they get a boatload of draft picks which can be used in the future to build an even better team. The IceDogs will be making a run for the championship over the next two seasons and will likely need additional draft picks to trade in order to fill in any missing pieces. As well, Niagara will have two first round draft picks next year, which should work out well as the IceDogs are expected to have a few holes in their roster next season.
A win-win for both Brown and the IceDogs? Let me know what you think in the comments below.