Otters Seek to trade Wigle

Posted: December 16, 2014 by OHLInsiders in Erie Otters News, Erie Otters Rumours, News, Rumours
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The Erie Otters have an overage problem to solve. With the league’s allowed limit of 3 overagers per roster, the Otters need to move one of either defensemen Troy Donnay, Cory Genovese, Kurtis MacDermid or forward Joel Wigle and they need to do so before the overage deadline on January 8, 2015. 

The Otters have been in this situation for quite a while now and knew this day would eventually come. Joel Wigle, knowing it could be him who’d know longer be part of this epic playoff run the Otters are loading up for referred it as a “crappy situation” way back at the end of October.

Otters head coach has gone on record saying “We feel that we need that veteran presence back there,” leading many to believe the lone overage forward Joel Wigle will in fact be the odd man out.

“That’s not really a secret,” assistant coach Jay McKee said of Wigle being the odd man out. The Brantford, ON native has been a scratch in the teams last five games dating back to December 3rd when the Otters were in Owen Sound. Wigle has since gone home to St. Catherines, ON and will continue to skate there while he awaits his trade.

The Otters don’t anticipate getting any bodies in return for Wigle. Knoblauch’s Wigleless foward group would be good enough for youngest in the league with an average age of 18.38 which may be cause for concern. Even with the likes McDavid, Baptiste and Strome, experience has proven to be a valuable asset come playoff time and the Otters forward group currently lacks in that department. In fact, there is only a total of 69 playoff games played between only 6 players on the Otters forward group. The Otters have indicated that they do hope to receive a draft pick in exchange for Joel Wigle.

Wigle, 6’2/205lbs, was drafted into the OHL in 2010 in the 2nd round, 39th overall by the Niagara IceDogs and has spent his time in the OHL split between the Niagara IceDogs and the Erie Otters. Wigle was acquired from the Niagara IceDogs VIA trade at the trade deadline in 2013 in exchange for Sarnia’s 2nd round pick in 2013 (Zach Wilkie) and Erie’s fourth round pick in 2015.

Teams with room to acquire an overage player such as Wigle currently include: London, Oshawa, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Saginaw, Sault Ste. Marie, and Windsor. The Saginaw Spirit and Ottawa 67’s are running thin on cards they can use so while I wouldn’t rule them out, it’s less likely they’d go after someone like Joel Wigle at this point.

“There’s obviously a few preferred spots, but (I) would go to wherever I’m wanted to help that team,” Wigle said regarding where he’d like to play but also noted he does not have a no trade clause in his contract.

Follow Joel Wigle here: @jjwigs

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