11/24/13 Saginaw Spirit Announce Trade with Niagara IceDogs
The Saginaw Spirit announce today the completion of the team’s second trade this week in a deal consummated with the Niagara IceDogs. In the transaction, the Spirit acquire veteran defenseman Jesse Graham. In exchange, the IceDogs receive a 2nd round pick (Saginaw) in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, along with a 2nd round pick (Plymouth) in 2015, and a 3rd round selection (Saginaw) in 2017. A conditional 2nd round pick (Saginaw) in the 2018 Priority Selection is also within the deal should Graham play an overage season with the Spirit
The Toronto, ON native is a 1994 birth year, and has spent his entire OHL career with Niagara after being one of two first round picks for the IceDogs in 2010, selected 6th overall. In 223 games played in the league, Graham has recorded 15 goals, to go along with 99 assists, and 129 penalty minutes. Graham’s NHL rights are owned by the New York Islanders, who selected him in the 6th round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Spirit General Manager Jim Paliafito believes Graham’s skill set will be a good addition to the team’s backend. “We are very excited to have Jesse joining the Spirit as he will add to our power play, along with his ability to move the puck. This move is a commitment we have to improve our team for this year.”
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