The Oshawa Generals enjoyed their run to becomming Memorial Cup Champions last season after bringing many important pieces into the fold. Roger Hunt and crew sacrificed a total of 11 draft picks to bring in goaltender Jason DaSilva from the Peterborough Petes, veteran defender Dakota Mermis and Michael McCarron from the London Knights, and followed that up with the acquisition of Matt Mistele from the Plymouth Whalers. This time around, the Generals will be doing the opposite as Roger Hunt and staff feel it’s time to recoup some of the draft picks lost last year.

This mindset was signaled to the OHL community earlier this week when the Generals moved Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Stephen Desrocher to the Kingston Frontenacs in exchange for 5 draft picks, including two conditionals.

The Generals have many assets that will be coveted by teams looking to
improve before this year’s trade deadline. Perhaps most notably is the former 5th overall selection of the New York Islanders, Michael Dal Colle. Also Matt Mistele, who the Generals brought in last season to help with their run, will almost certainly be moved.

Matt Mistele – Claus Andersen / Getty Images

I cannot speak for Michael Dal Colle, we know the interest will be there from all the leagues top contenders. Focusing in more on overage winger, Matt Mistele, many teams have been calling about acquiring Mistele’s services dating back to the preseason. These teams include the Niagara IceDogs, Kingston Frontenacs, Mississauga Steelheads, the Kitchener Rangers and the Peterborough Petes, who as recently as last week placed an offer to Roger Hunt and company to acquire the native of Whitby, ON before Mistele broke his finger and the trade fell through or was put on hold. Mistele should be back in game action anywhere between 3 and 5 weeks.

The IceDogs, will decide over their next 10 games whether or not they will be buyers or sellers according to GM Marty Williamson. As for the Frontenacs, Steelheads, Rangers and Petes by all accounts, these teams are looking to add pieces going into this year’s trade deadline.

Mistele, 6’02, 190lbs, has scored 15 points consisting of 7 goals and 8 assists in 15 games played this season for the Generals. Last season, Mistele scored 81 points in 85 games in a year that culminated with the Generals’ hoisting of the Memorial Cup trophy in Quebec City.

Other than Mistele, Michael Dal Colle and Mitchell Vande Sompel are the two other names that are and will continue to be thrown out there in trade talks. Ever since the Knights traded Michael McCarron, who is currently in the AHL with the St. John’s IceCaps and Dakota Mermis, who is currently in the ECHL with the Rapid City Rush, to the Generals to help with their championship winning run, there has been speculation of a you scratch our back, and we’ll scratch yours, type of deal occurring with the ladder of the two coming into fruition this year. Put shortly, many including myself, would not be surprised to see both Vande Sompel and Dal Colle become London Knights come deadline day, to help London with their run at the championship this year.

Mitchell Vande Sompel, a native of London, ON was selected by the New York Islanders in the 3rd round, 82nd overall in this past NHL Entry Draft and still has 2 years of OHL eligibility should he not sign with the Islanders.


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