Spirit, Battalion complete trade

Saginaw, MI – Saginaw Spirit general manager Dave Drinkill announced today the Spirit and North Bay Battalion have completed a trade.

In the deal that includes a total of seven draft picks, the Spirit acquire the Battalion’s second round pick in 2021 (29th overall), a sixth round pick in 2021 (OSH), and North Bay’s 10th round pick in 2021 in exchange for a second round pick in 2024 (KGN), a fifth round pick in 2023 (WSR), Saginaw’s sixth round pick in 2024, and Saginaw’s 10th round pick in 2022.

The Saginaw Spirit will be selecting 15th overall in the opening round of the 2021 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore, and will now make a total of 14 selections overall.

This is the second time in team history the Spirit will pick 15th overall in the OHL Priority Selection Draft. In 2011, Saginaw selected Nick Moutrey out of the York Simcoe Express Minor Hockey Program. In 235 career games for Saginaw, Moutrey scored 48 goals and 85 assists for 133 points, the 23rd most points scored by any player in Spirit history. In 2013, the Columbus Blue Jackets selected Moutrey in the fourth round, 105th overall in the NHL Draft. Moutrey won the Calder Cup during the 2015-16 season as a member of the Lake Erie (Cleveland) Monsters, top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

For the first time since the implementation of the Priority Selection online in 2001, the event will be held over the course of two days, with the opening three rounds taking place on Friday, June 4 beginning at 7:00pm. The proceedings resume on Saturday, June 5 starting at 9:00am with Rounds 4-15. The Priority Selection will be streamed live in its entirety on the OHL’s YouTube channel.

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