The Sudbury Wolves announced a trade today with the Plymouth Whalers today which sees overage forward Mathew Campagna going to the Western Conference Plymouth Whalers in exchange for three draft selections including two 2nd round draft picks and a 3rd round draft selection. The much-anticipated and rumoured trade has been in the works for some time but was just recently approved by the teams and the league office.
The trading of Campagna was partly necessitated by the Wolves having an abundance of overage candidates returning this season including: BRODY SILK, NATHAN PANCEL, JEFF CORBETT and RAY HUETHER. The Wolves can only play three overage players in a game.
CAMPAGNA, who finished in third place in team scoring last season behind NICK BAPTISTE and NATHAN PANCEL, has played for the Wolves for the past four seasons.
“I feel it is time for me to go in a new direction” notes Campagna. “I struggled offensively in the second-half last season and given the tragic loss of my billet (Fabio Belli), I really believe it would be difficult for me to play hockey in Sudbury again without Fabio by my side. I want to thank Wolves’ management for giving me this new opportunity and I want to thank Mark Burgess and the Burgess family who have been fantastic to me and very supportive of me and my family during my four years in Sudbury. I now look forward to a new start in Plymouth.”
“Mathew is a very skilled player and a fine young man and we are going to miss him here in Sudbury” notes Wolves’ GM Blaine Smith. “I feel we owed it to Mathew to give him a fresh start with a new team after all he has been through and provide him with renewed hope of earning a free agent contract with an NHL team. This trade also gives other centremen an opportunity to move-up in our line-up in their final season of OHL hockey.”
Smith acknowledged that Campagna was one of the most attractive overage players that the Wolves had and provided the Wolves with the best chance of recouping some missing early draft selections which are pivotal to drafting top-end players or acquiring top-end players in the future.
“Plymouth gave us the best offer for Mathew and it was important to our organization and our scouting staff to recoup some top draft selections in order to draft high-end players in the future” adds Smith.
The Wolves have just completed three consecutive winning regular seasons where the team finished with over 70+ points each year, but, the Wolves have only won one play-off round in the past three seasons.
“Winning in the play-offs is paramount and we feel that we are fortunate to have four excellent overage
players coming to try-out camp to lead our club” adds Smith. “BRODY SILK (6’1”, 210 lbs), RAY HUETHER (6’2”, 205 lbs), JEFF CORBETT (6’2”, 200 lbs) and 45-goal scorer NATHAN PANCEL (5’11, 190 lbs) will provide our team with much-needed size, experience and skill heading into the new season.”
With the newly acquired draft selections, the Wolves now have 32 draft selections in the first 8 rounds of the next three OHL drafts**
The Sudbury Wolves’ current revised list of OHL selections in the next three seasons now looks like this:
|**2015 OHL DRAFT SELECTIONS
||2016 OHL DRAFT SELECTIONS
||2017 OHL DRAFT SELECTIONS
|8, 8, 8