Storm deals draft picks to get Canadian world junior players

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm acquired a pair of players Saturday who suited up for the Canadian team at this season’s world junior tournament in Vancouver for a mitt-full of draft picks.

The Storm parted with 11 draft picks in all, one of them a conditional pick, to get right winger MacKenzie Entwistle from the Hamilton Bulldogs and defenceman Markus Phillips from the Owen Sound Attack.

The Storm sent five draft picks – two in the second round and three in the third – to the Bulldogs for Entwistle who was their captain. Hamilton received 2020 second-round picks by the Kitchener Rangers and North Bay Battalion, Kitchener’s third round-pick in 2020, the third-round pick of the Windsor Spitfires in 2021 and their own third-round pick in 2023.

The Storm sent six draft picks to Owen Sound for Phillips as the Attack was given a compensatory second-round pick in this year’s draft, the second-round pick of the Mississauga Steelheads in the 2020 draft, the third-round pick of the Erie Otters in the 2021 draft, North Bay’s second-round pick in the 2022 draft, the Storm’s third-round pick in the 2024 draft as well as a conditional fourth-round pick of the Storm’s in the 2023 draft.

A Georgetown native, Entwistle had 15 goals, 12 assists and 25 penalty minutes in 29 games with Hamilton this season. That gives him 57 goals, 66 assists and 116 penalty minutes in 220 OHL regular-season and playoff games, all with Hamilton.

Entwistle also scored three goals for the Canadian team at this season’s world junior tournament in Vancouver and had four goals and three assists for the Canadian team at the world under-18 challenge in the 2016-17 season.

Originally drafted by the Bulldogs in the second round, 40th overall, in 2015, Entwistle was also drafted in the third round, 69th overall, of the 2017 NHL draft by the Arizona Coyotes who dealt him to the Chicago Blackhawks as part of a seven-player trade last summer.

A Toronto native, Phillips had two goals, eight assists and 28 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Attack this season. In four seasons in the OHL, all with Owen Sound, Phillips has 26 goals, 84 assists and 144 penalty minutes in 261 regular-season and playoff games with the Attack.

Phillips was originally drafted by Owen Sound in the first round, ninth overall, of the 2015 draft. He was also selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round, 118th overall, of the 2017 NHL draft.

The Storm’s roster was in need of some bolstering after a pair of players suffered ankle injuries in games following the Christmas break. Forward Pavel Gogolev was injured in a game against the Attack in Owen Sound Wednesday while defenceman Jack Hanley was hurt in a game against the Bulldogs in Hamilton last weekend.

Both Entwistle and Phillips are expected to make their Storm debuts in a 2 p.m. game against North Bay at the Sleeman Centre Sunday.


Guelph Sports Journal