Saginaw, MI. – Saginaw Spirit General Manager Dave Drinkill announced a trade Monday with the North Bay Battalion acquiring defenseman Pacey Schlueting (Shh-loot-ing) in exchange for a fourth round pick in 2024 (SAG) and a 12th round pick in 2023 (OSH).
“When the opportunity to acquire Pacey through conversations I had with North Bay became a reality, it was something we could not pass on, said the Spirit GM. “Going back to his OHL draft year two seasons ago, we have always thought he has the skill set to become a really good defenseman in this league. He was drafted high for that potential. We have received nothing but positive feedback on his work ethic and character, on and off the ice, which is extremely important to me and to the franchise. We are excited to work with Pacey and get him adjusted to our system. We believe he will flourish and become a key member of our organization for the next few seasons.”
Schlueting, 18, will embark upon his third Ontario Hockey League at the beginning of the 2020-21 season. The North Bay, Ontario native was selected by his hometown Battalion in the first round (ninth overall) in the 2018 Under-17 Priority Selection Draft. The 6’1, 184-pound rearguard is eligible for the 2020 National Hockey League Draft.
Schlueting enjoyed a decorated Minor Hockey career which included championships at the Under-14, Under-15, and Minor Midget level with the North Bay Trappers Minor Hockey Program. He also won Northern Ontario AAA Hockey League Under-15 Best Defenseman following the 2016-17 season. In his OHL Draft season, Schlueting was the Great North Midget League Rookie of the Year and Northern Ontario Hockey Association’s Player of the Year, as well as captaining the North Bay Trappers Minor Midget team.
Schlueting not only applies himself on the ice, but off of it as well. Back in October, he was named the OHL Academic Player of the Month in the Central Division. This was the second time in his OHL career that Schlueting earned the honor. He was also OHL Academic Player of the Month in February of 2019 during his rookie season. This past season, Schlueting was the Battalion’s nomination for the Bobby Smith Trophy for OHL Scholastic Player of the Year with an 87% average at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School in North Bay, a trophy that was awarded to the Spirit’s Cole Perfetti.