The Sarnia Sting have announced the acquisition of overage forward Matt Mistele from the Oshawa Generals. In exchange the Generals receive 3 draft choices. 

To Sarnia:

  • Matt Mistele

To Oshawa:

  • 2nd Round Draft Pick (2016)
  • 3rd Round Draft Pick (2017)
  • 3rd Round Draft Pick  (2018)

The writing has been on the wall for Mistele in Oshawa ever since Mistele first showed to Generals training camp this year. As a result of a rebuild type of season for the Generals after winning the Memorial Cup last season, the Generals had the decency to tell the overage native of Whitby, ON that he would not be around very long.

Mistele, who had a say in where he’d end up even though he did not posses a no trade clause since he is no longer a high school student, wanted to join a contender but would understand if the Generals couldn’t make that happen for him.

“They told me I will have a say in where I go but if it came down to it and it it’s someone I don’t want to go to, I won’t force them to keep me because they deserve to get some return after bringing me here last year,” said a very humble Mistele earlier on in the year.

Mistele was acquired by the Oshawa Generals last season at the trade deadline in a three way trade that included Mistele’s former team, the Plymouth Whalers and the Windsor Spitfires.

Before suffering a broken finger in early November, multiple teams had inquired about acquiring the overager, including: Mississauga, Niagara, Kingston, Kitchener, Sarnia and Peterborough, who even went as far as to make a formal offer. As teams filled overage spots elsewhere, the list narrowed to Kitchener, Niagara and Sarnia. Kitchener went out and filled their 3rd overage spot with defender Miles Liberati. In the end, the Sarnia Sting won the Mistele sweepstakes and Mistele gets his wish to play for a contender yet again this season.

Mistele attended an NHL training camp with the Los Angeles Kings, the team who drafted the winger in the 6th round of the 2014 NHL entry draft.

In parts of 5 OHL seasons spending time in Plymouth and Oshawa, Mistele has recorded 182 points in 230 regular season games and added 28 points in 47 career playoff games which will be valuable experience for the young Sting group as they look to make a run this season.

 

 

 

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