The Mississauga Steelheads announced they’ve acquired overage goaltender, Jack Flinn from the Owen Sound Attack in exchange for¬†forward Bryson Cianfrone and a 5th round pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

Barring a Spencer Martin return, the move allows for Flinn to play in a situation where he will be the go-to guy in the net for the Steelheads. For the Attack, the move allows for Michael McNiven to run with the starting netminder job in Owen Sound. McNiven, fresh off a training camp invite in the NHL with Montreal impressed so much that he earned himself an entry level contract with the Canadiens.

Jack Flinn, fresh off an invite to the Los Angeles Kings training camp, stands 6’8 and hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia posted a GAA of 2.99 with a Save percentage of 0.908 last season as the go to guy for the Owen Sound Attack.

Bryson Cianfrone was the main piece heading from Mississauga to Owen Sound. Known primarily for his role in the fight that saw Connor McDavid break his hand, Cianfrone quietly notched 52 points in 63 games for the Steelheads last season.

Shortly after the trade was completed, the Attack also acquired goaltender Alex Dokoning from the Erie Otters in exchange for an 11th round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. It was clear Dekoning was not in the Otters plans for this season, he’ll join the Attack where he’ll provide some much needed depth in the Attack net.

A week or so after @OHLInsiders reported that the London Knights were getting offers from both the Windsor Spitfires and Mississauga Steelheads for overage goaltender Michael Giugovaz, the Knights finalized a trade to send Giugovaz to the Windsor Spitfires in exchange for a conditional 7th round draft choice in 2017.

Moving Giugovaz not only opens up an overage spot to bring in a cornerstone piece via trade later on but also opens up the net for exciting NHL Draft prospect, Tyler Parsons.

Windsor will be Giugovaz’s 4th team after stints in London, Belleville and Peterborough. Giugovaz will look to provide some stability and experience to Windsor’s unproven and young goaltenders.

Shortly after it was announced on Saturday that 2016 NHL Draft prospect Alex Nylander has joined the Mississauga
Steelheads, the Steelheads also announced that they have persuaded Michael Nylander to join James Boyd on the bench as an assistant coach for this season.

Michael spent parts of 18 seasons playing pro hockey in North America including stints with the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning. So when it came time for the Steelheads to gain approval from the league to have Nylander coach over here, it was likely a no brainer for the league.

With his elder son William in Toronto trying to make the Maple Leafs and now Alex in Mississauga spending the season with the Steelheads, the move comes at the right time for Michael. Not to mention the much needed coaching and experience Nylander will bring to the bench in Mississauga.

The Steelheads are a young team, but loaded with some of the best potential in the league. Sean Day, Michael McLeod, Ryan McLeod, Owen Tippett, Alex Nylander, to name a few will benefit greatly from the addition of Michael Nylander to the Steelheads bench.

The Steelheads will be a treat to watch this season!

The Niagara IceDogs have picked up forward, Nick Pastorious off of waivers from the Barrie Colts.

Pastorious, a 96′ born power forward, has spent parts of 2 seasons in Barrie and parts of 2 seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Having notched 12 points in his last games, as well as the Colts looking to bring some younger talent into the mix, the Colts could not promise the 200lb winger the ice time he is out to show the IceDogs he deserves.

According to a source, Alex Nylander will be joining the Mississauga Steelheads for the upcoming OHL Season.

“It’s done and it’s been done for a while now,” said the source.

Nylander was selected 12th overall by the Steelheads in this year’s CHL Import Draft and is the younger brother of Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect, William Nylander, who is also property of the Mississauga Steelheads by way of the 2014 CHL Import Draft.

While William’s time to join the Steelheads has come and gone, Alex may not be the only Nylander joining the Steelheads. Reports indicate longtime NHLer Michael Nylander may be joining the Steelheads in some sort of coaching capacity. My source would not confirm nor deny the rumour.

A Nylander dawning a Steelheads uniform next season though, is as good as done.

The Mississauga Steelheads have acquired Ryan McLeod from the Flint Firebirds. In exchange, Flint receives a package of 6 draft choices as well as two compensatory picks.

To Mississauga:
– Ryan McLeod

To Flint:
– 2nd Round Pick (Sudbury, 2016)
– 2nd Round Pick (Sudbury, 2017, Conditional)
– 2nd Round Pick (Sudbury, 2018)
– 3rd Round Pick (2016)
– 3rd Round Pick (2018)
– 3rd Round Pick (2019)

Going into this year’s OHL draft, Ryan was one of the most highly sought out players available among the top of this year’s class and it was no secret that the Steelheads wanted him and were in a position where they could select Ryan with their 4th overall selection.

An unwritten rule states that if a sibling is in the league, the team that has that sibling receives first crack at the up and coming brother. The Firebirds, entering their first year of play in the OHL under their new identity, understandably chose Ryan with their 3rd overall selection. One pick before the Steelheads chose Owen Tippett, 4th overall.

After choosing to not report to Flint, Ryan will be joining his older brother Michael, who was the Steelheads 5th overall selection in last year’s OHL Priority Selection.

As a result of a player who was selected in the top 5 choosing not to report to the club that drafted him, the Firebirds also receive an extra 1st and 2nd round pick in next year’s OHL Priority Selection.


August 6: London trades Zack Grzelewski to the Flint Firebirds in exchange for a 3rd Round Pick (London, 2016).

August 6: Erie trades Patrick Murphy to the Sudbury Wolves in exchange for a 15th Round Pick (Cond., 2018).

August 7: Windsor trades Graeme Brown to the Kingston Frontenacs in exchange for a 4th Round Pick (2017).

August 11: Kingston trades Jacob Graves to the Oshawa Generals in exchange for a 15th Round Pick (Cond., 2017).


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The Soo Greyhounds will have to do without another power forward Justin Bailey for at the minimum two weeks. Bailey, who has 12 goals, 14 assists, 26 points in the 20 games with the Greyhounds , has been diagnosed with two hairline fractures in his right ankle and currently sports a walking boot.

Greyhounds are expecting him to return by mid-March if all goes well. Team physiotherapist Rich Rotenberg says Bailey is ” Feeling pretty good” and very sure it should heal within the two week period.

Soo Greyhounds are also without the likes of Nick Ritchie (Concussion) , Blake Speers (Shoulder), Darnell Nurse (Lower Body), Tyler Ganly (Lower Body).

downloadThere looks like there may be major changes coming to the way players enter the CHL. We would still get the same long, exciting 15 round draft, but teams would no longer be selecting 15 or 16 year old players out of Bantam, they’d have to select 18 year olds, if they want to keep going with the idea of a draft.

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