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Storm send Zhilkin to Rangers for Fishman, six picks

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm dealt forward Danny Zhilkin and a draft pick to the Kitchener Rangers for forward Jesse Fishman and six draft picks in an OHL trade Tuesday.

Zhilkin was a first-round pick, 14th overall, by the Storm in the 2019 OHL draft and a third-round pick, 77th overall, in the 2022 NHL draft. He had 42 goals and 96 points in 151 regular-season games during his three seasons with the Storm including 12 goals and 26 points in 25 games this season.

Fishman was a fourth-round pick, 79th overall, of the Rangers in the 2019 draft. He had eight goals and 15 points in 77 regular-season games with Kitchener including four goals and seven points in 29 games this season.

The Storm also received two second-round draft picks (2023 and 2025), three third-round draft picks (2024, 2025, 2026) and a fourth-round draft pick (2023) and they sent an eighth-round draft pick in 2025 to Kitchener.

Fishman made his debut with the Storm in Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss in overtime to the London Knights. He skated on the third line with Valentin Zhugin and Ryan McGuire.

The trade was the sixth of the season for the Storm. In all, they’ve trade two players (forwards Zhilkin and Sasha Pastujov) and eight draft picks and they’ve acquired six players (forwards Fishman and Max Namestnikov, defencemen Isaac Enright, Jake Murray and Cedricson Okitundu and goaltender Ethan Kowatsch) and 10 draft picks. While five of the draft picks the Storm dealt were in the fifth round or later, all 10 of the draft picks they received were in the fifth round or earlier. The Storm acquired three second-round picks, four third-round picks, a fourth-round pick and two fifth-round picks. Those picks are spread across four drafts with three this year, two in 2024, three in 2025 and two in 2026.

In six deals in the league in the first three days of 2023, 10 players and 28 draft picks have exchanged hands.

The trade deadline is Jan. 10.


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