Niagara IceDogs GM and Flint Firebirds GM Terry Christensen came together on Saturday night to hammer out a blockbuster trade which involves 3 NHL prospects including Carolina Hurricanes prospects Josh Wesley and Alex Nedeljkovic as well as Dallas Stars prospect, Brent Moran.

To Niagara:

  • D, Josh Wesley
  • G, Alex Nedeljkovic

To Flint:

  • G, Brent Moran
  • 2nd Round Pick (2017)
  • 2nd Round Pick (2018)
  • 2nd Round Pick (2021, Conditional)
  • 3rd Round Pick (2018)
  • 3rd Round Pick (2019)

Brent Moran, a 1996 born goaltender with one more season of OHL eligibility remaining now finds himself heading to the Flint Firebirds where he will carry much of the load while goalie Kyle Keyser will be recovering from injury for a while. Moran, a native of Orleans, ON brings with him an .890 save percentage and a 3.02 goals against average in 18 appearances this season for the IceDogs.

The writing has very much been on the wall for Moran all season long. If the IceDogs wanted to be a legitimate contender they knew they would need to shore up in the crease. Moran who has never had a better save percentage than .891, was not going to cut it for Marty Williamson and the Niagara IceDogs. Moran, who was selected in the 4th round of the 2014 NHL entry draft by the Dallas Stars will get a fresh start to his campaign in Flint, MI and that could bode very well for him because he needs to prove to the Dallas Stars that he is worthy of their commitment.

The last pieces of the trade were put together/taken out during the Firebirds game in Sarnia on Saturday night and approved by the OHL late Sunday evening.

To Niagara goes Carolina Hurricanes prospect, defender Josh Wesley. Wesley, son of longtime NHLer Glen Wesley, and native of Raleigh, North Carolina brings with him 12 points in 24 games played for drama ridden Flint Firebirds. Wesley, 6’3, 205lb, was a 4th round selection of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL entry draft.

The biggest name involved in today’s blockbuster is that of goaltender, Alex Nedeljkovic who like Wesley, is a Carolina Hurricanes prospect by way of the 2nd round of the 2014 NHL entry draft. Nedeljkovic, a native of Parma, OH will in all likelihood be suiting up for team USA at the World Junior tournament in January. Nedeljkovic who has spent his whole OHL career with the Whalers/Firebirds franchise moves north of the border to Niagara carrying a career save percentage of .920 with a goals against average of 2.92.

Taken out of the trade at the last minute was crash and bang forward Connor Chatham. Had he been involved, the Firebirds would have landed a young forward body back from the IceDogs.

I can tell you, that as the deal sits, Firebirds players/staff are not happy with the return, they would have liked to see a body come back in return. However, it’s obviously not up to them but this trade does not bode well at all for the player’s faith in the intentions of GM Terry Christensen.

 

 

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  1. Bill Sampson says:

    Not surprised by this – NIagara had their head scout watching Flint for th epast two weeks

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