The Sudbury Wolves have traded co-captain Nick Baptiste to the Erie Otters today in exchange for 17-year-old defenceman Cole Mayo and 19-year-old forward Travis Wood. In addition, the Wolves receive two 2nd round draft picks and two 3rd round draft selections.
Baptiste, 19, is the player that the Erie Otters were looking for in order to make their run for a Memorial Cup Championship. Baptiste is signed to an NHL contract with the Buffalo Sabres and a move to Erie will allow Baptiste the opportunity to play on one of the top teams in his final season in the OHL.
In return, the Wolves acquired Cole Mayo, a 3rd round draft choice of the Erie Otters in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. Mayo is a 6’, 200 lb right-shot defenceman that brings size, speed and offensive skill to the Wolves’ blueline. Mayo played in Strathroy Jr. B last season and recorded 3 goals, 9 assists for 12 points in 43 games. In his OHL draft year, Mayo led the Elgin Middlesex Midgets with 5 goals, 29 assists for 34 points in 30 games.
The Wolves also received left-shot forward Travis Wood. Wood, 5’11”, 185 lbs is a solid two-way forward that has 6 points in 10 games with the Erie Otters so far this season. The Wisconsin native has played 158 games in the OHL and has 15 goals, 31 assists for 46 points. Wood plays a physical game and works extremely hard both on and off the ice.
With the four draft selections, the Wolves received a 2nd round pick in 2015, a 3rd round pick in 2015, a 3rd round pick in 2018 and a 2nd round pick in 2020. With the Wolves’ current picks, the Wolves are expected to have five draft selections in the first 55 selections of the upcoming OHL Priority Selection.
“Nick has been a true leader for our hockey club and we are going to miss his skill, leadership and experience in our line-up the rest of the way” notes Wolves’ GM Blaine Smith. “Based on the way that the season has gone so far, it was imperative that we acquire players like Cole and Travis and high draft selections that will allow us to address our team needs for the present and the future. With five draft selections in the first three rounds, the 2015 OHL Priority Selection will be very important to our franchise.”
The newly acquired players are expected to be in the Wolves’ line-up this Friday night when the Wolves host the Guelph Storm at 7:30 pm at the Sudbury Arena. There are plenty of great seats available for Friday’s contest against Tyler Bertuzzi and the defending OHL Champion – Guelph Storm. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Sudbury Arena Ticket Office at 705-671-3000.