Storm sends Makkonen, picks to Sudbury for Lalonde

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm dealt for defenceman Owen Lalonde from the Sudbury Wolves Wednesday.

“This was an opportunity to add an elite young talent,” Storm general manager and head coach George Burnett said in a news release. “He will have an impact in our lineup immediately and also be a huge part of our future.

“Owen is a very intelligent player and an excellent skater. He brings a very strong skill set, a high level of compete and an ability to move the puck.”

The Storm sent defenceman Nolan Makkonen and six draft picks, two of them conditional, to the Wolves.

Lalonde was selected second overall by the Wolves in the 2016 OHL draft. He had two goals, 10 assists, 19 penalty minutes and a minus-30 plus/minus in 64 games with Sudbury last season and was named an OHL second team all-rookie.

Lalonde had been the Ontario Hockey Alliance’s player of the year for the 2015-16 season when he had 13 goals and 24 assists in 34 games with the Windsor AAA minor midget team. He was also a member of Team Canada Black that finished second at last season’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

Makkonen had a goal, three assists, 12 penalty minutes and a minus-17 plus/minus in 28 games with the Storm after starting the season with the Soo Eagles of the tier 2 Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

The Storm also sent a second- and third-round pick in the 2018 OHL draft, two second-round picks in the 2019 draft (one of them is conditional), a conditional second-round pick in the 2021 draft and a third-round pick in the 2021 draft. With the exception of the conditional pick in the 2021 draft, all of the picks were ones the Storm received from other teams in earlier trades.

The trade is the second one between the Storm and Wolves this summer. June 27 they sent defenceman Kyle Rhodes to Sudbury for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2019.

On June 27 the Storm also traded centres Luke Burghardt and Luke Moncada to the North Bay Battalion for right winger Zach Poirier, defenceman Mark Shoemaker and a conditional third-round pick in 2021.

The Storm is to open its training camp for the 2017-18 season Monday with fitness testing and meetings.

On-ice scrimmages at the Sleeman Centre are set for 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Storm is to play a preseason game against the Hamilton Bulldogs Sept. 1 at Ancaster’s Firestone Arena at 7 p.m. and host the Mississauga Steelheads in a preseason match Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Sleeman Centre.

  • Guelph Sports Journal