The London Knights have made their first “splash” if you want to call it that leading up to this year’s OHL Trade Deadline. General Manager Basil McCrae announced that the team has acquired overage defender Jacob Graves from the Oshawa Generals. Going back to Oshawa is young forward Eric Henderson.

To Oshawa:
– Eric Hendeson

To London:
– Jacob Graves
– 3rd Round Draft Pick (Kingston, 2018)

Much like Ryan Valentini who was recently traded to Sudbury. Eric Henderson is a promising up and coming player who was not going to get his shot on a loaded Knights roster this year. Teams had been calling the Knights on Henderson as far back as September.

Henderson, 17, was a 3rd round pick of the Knights back in 2014 and has since dressed in 20 games in parts of two seasons for the Knights having scored 8 points consisting of 1 goal and 7 assists. Henderson has spent the majority of his time in Jr. B right down the road from London in St. Thomas and before that, in Leamington. This year in St. Thomas, playing for the St. Thomas Stars, Henderson has scored 19 points consisting of 1 goal and 18 assists in 13 games played.

In return, the Knights land overage defender Jacob Graves. Graves was picked up earlier on this year by the Generals from the Frontenacs for a conditional 15th round draft pick. Since joining the Generals, by all accounts he has been one of their most steady defenders. Since joining the Generals, Graves has notched 15 assists and 59 penalty minutes in 38 games and did that while going +13.

Graves, a native of Barrie, Ontario is enjoying his last season of OHL eligibility and is currently a free agent at the NHL level.

Henderson, a native of Kingsville, Ontario has 4 years of OHL eligibility remaining and is a prospect for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

This trade leaves the Knights with 4 overage players before the deadline to state your 3 overagers your team is planning on finishing the year with only one day away. Jack Hidi in all likelihood will be the odd man out but whether or not there is OHL interest remains to be seen. He would be eligible to join the Caledonia Corvairs of the GOJHL and they’ve shown interest since the start of the year.

 

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