The winds of change are already blowing through the OHL this season as Memorial Cup host Mississauga has assembled a formidable team. This past week the Kingston Frontenacs added Ryan Spooner from Peterborough to their line up and it's safe to assume other teams will soon become buyers as others shift to the role of sellers.
The Windsor Spitfires have two of the biggest assets in the league with Zack Kassian (BUF) and Ryan Ellis (NSH) rumored to be available. But is it possible that they Spits would also consider parting ways with their rookie netminder, Dallas Stars first round pick Jack Campbell?
It's not nearly as crazy as it sounds, in fact... I'm now completely sold that it will happen.
Today on The Pipeline Show I spoke with Dom Papa, colour analyst from TV COGECO which carries the games of the Windsor Spitfires.
Our conversation began comparing the way that Windsor and Plymouth have responded after losing their star players to the NHL - Taylor Hall to Edmonton, Tyler Seguin to Boston.
From there we talked about the current state of the Spitfires and that led us to the eventual topic of whether or not Kassian and Ellis would be moved. Papa said he believes they will be and that they might not be the only ones.
We talked about Jack Campbell's slow start to the year, which Papa described as "scary", and then the analyst suggested that the Dallas Stars 1st rounder might be moved before the January 10th deadline.
I was surprised. It was the first time I'd heard Campbell's name mentioned as a potential trade piece but as Papa explained, it makes a lot of sense. Like Jeremy Morin (CH) and John Moore (CLB), Jack Campbell was drafted outside of the CHL and like the other two, Campbell would be eligible to play in the AHL next year.
"I can't see Dallas putting him back in Windsor next season so I wouldn't be surprised if Warren [Rychel] considers moving Jack. Mind you, Jack has a no-trade clause in his contract."Papa makes a great point - IF the Spitfires are going to become sellers this year and move Ellis and Kassian in order to load up for another run next season, wouldn't it make sense to also deal Campbell? Especially if there is a sense that Dallas would assign the netminder to the AHL's Texas Stars instead of the OHL?
The Kitchener Rangers got nothing in return for those two key players but at the time it wasn't an option that NHL teams showed a willingness to pursue with their prospects. Now though, do the Spitfires read the tea leaves and decide to get something while they can?
Definitely something to look for in the coming weeks.