Giugovaz Waived By Spits

Posted: November 11, 2015 by OHLInsiders in News, Transactions, Windsor Spitfires News
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Windsor Spitfires GM, Warren Rychel has announced that the club has decided to part ways with overage goaltender Michael Giugovaz. The team has placed Michael on OHL waivers. Giugovaz’s 5 year OHL career saw him play for the Windsor Spitfires, London Knights, Belleville Bulls and the Peterborough Petes, who drafted Giugovaz in the 10th round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection.

The Spitfires acquired Giugovaz from the London Knights in exchange for a conditional 7th round pick on September 22nd. That 7th round pick will end up in the hands of the Knights but will not turn into a 6th round pick as Giugovaz failed to compete in 35 games for the Spitfires since his acquisition. He did manage to appear in 11 games for the Spits this season where he boasted a 3.36 goals against average along with a .895 save percentage.

League rules surrounding overage (1995 birth year) players, stipulate teams only carry a maximum of 3. On October 21, the Spitfires announced they had acquired another overage goaltender in Garret Hughson from the Niagara IceDogs who had just claimed Garret off of CHL waivers from the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL. The mindset behind acquiring Garret was to provide existing goaltenders with the best competition and perhaps Garret Hughson could come in and earn the spot over Michael Giugovaz, before Michael played his 35 games. Which is exactly what happened.

Hughson came into Windsor and has appeared in 3 games for the Spitfires this year and boasts a goals against average of 1.67 with a save percentage of .950, including a 28 save shutout in his OHL debut vs. Flint. Garret followed that up with a 32 save performance on 33 shots vs. Guelph.

In what may very well be Giugovaz’s final OHL appearance, the native of Brampton, ON ended up a part of one of hockey’s rarest occurrences, a goalie fight. Giugovaz went toe to toe with Guelph Storm goaltender Justin Nichols and earned himself a 5 game suspension in doing so.

As to what’s in store for Michael Giugovaz, he can be claimed by any one of the OHL’s 20 teams but keep in mind teams need to have an open overage spot that they are willing to use on a goaltender. While I think the chances of Giugovaz being claimed in the OHL are slim, there are some situations out there that may make some sense perhaps most notably the Owen Sound Attack.

What I can tell you is the GOJHL’s Caledonia Corvairs have coveted Michael Giugovaz dating back to preseason, when Giugovaz was still in London. Corvairs staff were made aware of Giugovaz’s “fringe” status and took in a lot of London’s preseason action. The Corvairs roster currently features one time OHL talent including the likes of Corey Pawley, Mitchell Fitzmorris, Chadd Bauman, Tait Seguin, among others. Do not be surprised if Giugovaz ends up in Caledonia.

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