IceDogs trade Logan Brown; Deal a win-win for team and Brown

As reported by 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.


Kevin Legros
Kevin Legros is the Executive Editor of and the Managing Editor of the OHL Blog. He follows all local sports in the Niagara Region including the Niagara IceDogs, where he has been a season ticket holder since the first season. Kevin was involved in the process of planning for the IceDogs new home arena, the Meridian Centre, which included sitting as a member of the Mayor's Task Force Committee, the St. Catharines Entertainment and Sports Complex Advocacy Committee and the Meridian Centre Fundraising Task Force Committee.


  1. Ice Queen

    August 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I think it sucks that we have had another first round pick jump ship. Will the new arena change things? I hope so

  2. Frankie P

    August 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    What sucks about getting 3 2nd rd picks and 2 3rd round picks and having a player to boo now. I think its great. We have our new Lessio

  3. Bryan

    August 26, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    @Ice Queen

    Can you really blame him though? While it was possible for him to get time on the 4th line, I’d say it would also be likely that he’d be playing in Jr B or sitting out many games. The whole deal sounds like a win-win as the article suggests. It doesn’t sound like Brown refused to sign simply because it’s Niagara.

    The Dogs are in a unique position having had a fairly OK season last year (much better than expected) without losing many players. But that also means there aren’t many spots open for new players for a team that has a lot of young talent.

    I’m continually impressed by some of the deals that Williamson has been able to get done and I’ve got high hopes for the #PeskyDogs over the next few years.

  4. Jay

    August 26, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Huge move by Marty. It was a calculated risk likely knowing he would not sign. Look at it this way for a kid that apparently had no interest in playing in OHL the dogs were able to add to the persuasion of playing in this league and parlayed that into a boatload of quality picks that should set the team up quite nicely for the next few years

  5. at the arena

    August 26, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    While its frustrating to have 1st round picks go unsigned, I don’t think we have ever lost a trade because of it. The return has always been huge and the Dogs have used those picks to trade for very good players. I think in 2 years when we win the championship, we will look back at all these picks we are getting and say that these picks helped us win