A pretty big trade in the OHL might be putting a halt to any 3 peat talk when it comes to the Windsor Spitfires. The 2 time defending Memorial Cup Champions gave a nice boost to this year's Memorial Cup hosts. OHL Prospects has this story on it here
The deal has Justin Shugg and Marc Cantin heading to Missasauga for 3-3rd round picks. I really liked Shugg at this year's Memorial Cup. If he skated better he might have been a 1st or 2nd round pick instead of the 4th round pick he was this past June, going to Carolina 105th Overall.
Recently we spoke with Windsor G.M. Warren Rychel who talked alot about how his team was trying to reload rather then rebuild. That's easier said then done though when you have 11 players who have a chance at turning pro. Does Rychel know something about some players and he's starting an early fire sale? Or is he acquiring draft picks so he can load up during the season, especially knowing he has replacements for Shugg and Cantin coming in the way of some formerly committed NCAA players and skilled Europeans?
You can hear our conversation with Rychel here.
During our talk we mentioned plenty of players (Fowler, Campbell, Ryan) who have bolted their college commitments for Windsor in the past couple of years, but also about one player who was apparently sticking with his NCAA plans. I have heard rumblings though that Steven Johns (Notre Dame) is still giving Windsor some thought though. If Johns does opt for the CHL, it's another crushing blow for the Irish and NCAA and puts Windsor back in the game. Rychel's comments on Johns' decision were quite interesting to me.