Storm completes six-player deal with Owen Sound

GUELPH – Turns out the Guelph Storm wasn’t content with making just the three deals it swung for draft picks last weekend.

Wednesday morning, with the Ontario Hockey League’s Thursday noon trade deadline approaching, the Storm arranged a blockbuster six-player deal with the Owen Sound Attack.

The Storm received centre Nick Suzuki, defenceman Sean Durzi and left winger Zachary Roberts from the Attack, all fourth-year players who have spent all their time in the league with the Attack. To get them the Storm sent centre Barret Kirwin, right winger Zach Poirier, defenceman Mark Woolley and four draft picks, one of them conditional, to Owen Sound.

The three players the Storm obtained last weekend — right winger MacKenzie Entwistle and defencemen Fedor Gordeev and Markus Phillips — are also in their fourth seasons in the league.

A first-round pick, 14th overall, of the Attack in the 2015 OHL draft, Suzuki was selected in the first round, 13th overall, by the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017. He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens last summer in the deal that sent Max Pacioretti to Vegas.

Suzuki, who also played with the Canadian junior team in Vancouver, had 22 goals, 23 assists and four penalty minutes in 30 games with Owen Sound this season. In 256 regular-season and playoff games with the Attack, Suzuki has collected 142 goals, 173 assists and 48 penalty minutes.

Durzi had three goals, 13 assists and 19 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Attack this season. He has 35 goals, 110 assists and 86 penalty minutes in 196 games (both regular season and playoffs) in the league, all with Owen Sound. He was picked in the 12th round, 228th overall, by Owen Sound in the 2014 OHL draft and in the second round, 52nd overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs in last year’s NHL draft.

Roberts had six goals, two assists and 25 penalty minutes in 24 games with the Attack this season to bring his total with them to 20 goals, 22 assists and 98 penalty minutes in 128 games. He was selected by the Attack in the fifth round, 93rd overall, of the 2015 OHL draft.

Kirwin, the Storm’s sixth-round pick, 120th overall, of the 2016 OHL draft had nine goals, 12 assists and 13 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Storm this season, his third in Guelph. In all, he gathered 28 goals, 34 assists and 33 penalty minutes in 165 games with the Storm.

Poirier is in his fifth season in the league after being picked in the first round, 14th overall, by the North Bay Battalion in 2014. He was traded to Guelph prior to the 2017-18 season and had 17 goals, 18 assists and 108 penalty minutes in 98 games with the Storm and 56 goals, 45 assists and 279 penalty minutes in 306 games in the league. Poirier is serving a six-game suspension he picked up for a check-to-the-head penalty late in the second period of Sunday’s game against the North Bay Battalion. He’ll be eligible to play for Owen Sound Jan. 20 when the Attack plays at Kitchener. That’s the same day he would’ve been eligible to play for the Storm.

Woolley was in his second season with the Storm after they picked him in the third round, 54th overall, of the 2017 draft. He had two goals, four assists and 17 penalty minutes in 29 games with the Storm this season and four goals, 12 assists and 34 penalty minutes overall in 101 games with the Storm.

The draft picks the Storm sent to Owen Sound are all their own. A fourth-round pick this year, a third-round pick in 2021 and a second-round and conditional third-round pick in 2022.

Suzuki, Durzi and Roberts are expected to be in the Storm lineup Thursday when they play the Niagara IceDogs at St. Catharines.

Adding the three players in Wednesday’s deal to the list, the Storm has traded away seven players this season – defencemen Ryan Merkley and Anthony Aguanno, left winger Tag Bertuzzi, centre Mason Primeau and left winger Dennis Golovatchev who was picked in the third round, 55th overall, of the 2017 OHL draft, but never played a game for the Storm.

 

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