As I said earlier on in the year, the Guelph Storm are a one stop shop for a team Barrielooking to make a cup run, because well, they’re the defending champs. Mike Kelly and Scott Walker knew this but weren’t going to trade away valuable assets without something very very good coming back the other way.

The Barrie Colts and the Guelph Storm had the framework for a very large blockbuster deal done on Thursday morning, because of the magnitude of the deal, the Colts owners had to approve of the deal that would have seen 7-8 picks head to Guelph + two young players and two players head from Guelph to Barrie. That deal was rejected and the deal that ended up happening was then created. This deal was wavering for a little while too as Ben Harpur was having a tough time coming to terms with the fact that he would be leaving Guelph. After being given a 9:00am deadline to waive his no trade clause, he decided it was the right thing to do. All three other parties were okay with the trade last night, and were awaiting Harpur’s decision.

To Barrie:

– Chadd Bauman
– Ben Harpur

To Guelph:

– Givani Smith
– CJ Garcia
– 2nd Round Pick (2017)
– 2nd Round Pick (2018)
– 5th Round Pick (2019)
– 10th Round Pick (2020)

Chadd Bauman and Ben Harpur bring a ton of playoff experience to the Barrie Colts who will be looking to contend for the eastern conference title this year. While Bauman doesn’t shy away at playing forward, he’s a natural defenseman, as is Harpur. These acquisitions and the departure of Garcia leave the Colts with a total of nine defenders on their roster with an average age of 19.33 which is good enough for 7th oldest defense group in the OHL.

Ben Harpur is a Ottawa Senators NHL prospect and has been since 2013 when the Senators selected the 6’6ft. defender in the 4th round. In his OHL career which spans over parts of 4 seasons, all spent with the Storm, Harpur has managed to put up 60 points in 221 games played while being +79 and adding 204 penalty minutes.

Chadd Bauman was a free agent invite to Chicago Blackhawks rookie tournament in London, ON. In his 3 season career with the Guelph Storm which has included time spent on forward and the preferred defense position, Bauman has registered 21 points in 173 games played while going +6 and adding 180 penalty minutes. Bauman had requested a trade at this time last season, when the Storm had Chadd playing forward instead of defense where he is more comfortable.

The Colts indicated they wanted to get bigger on the blue line and they certainly did that here.

The Barrie Colts are parting with their first round selection from this past OHL draft, Givani Smith, LW, who is the brother of former Owen Sound/London player Gemel Smith. Givani has the makings to be one of the top power forwards in the league one day, but it won’t be with the Barrie Colts. Givani since being selected this year, in the 13 spot of the 1st round has managed to tally 4 points in 31 games played, while going +3 and adding 20 penalty minutes.

CJ Garcia, D, has played in parts of three seasons in the OHL now, all with the Barrie Colts since being selected by the Colts in the 3rd round back in 2012. Garcia’s managed to put up 23 points in 128 games played while going +17 and adding 90 penalty minutes. Garcia is a prospect eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.


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