The Windsor Spitfires were greeted by hundreds of fans during the team's Mastercard Memorial Cup championship parade, May 31, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Colin Botten)

Spitfires Sign Trade Deal With Frontenacs

The Spitfires and Frontenacs have wrapped up a trade deal that is sending forward Gabriel Vilardi and defenceman Sean Day to Kingston.

In return, Windsor gets 2017 first-round pick Cody Morgan and five draft picks: Mississauga’s 2nd in 2020, Kingston’s 2nd rounders in 2022, 2024 and 2025, and Kingston’s 3rd in 2020.

In addition, the Spitfires will receive Kingston’s conditional 3rd round draft pick in 2023.

General Manager Warren Rychel says it was the right move for the organization to acquire high-end talent like Morgan.

“Cody is going to be a very good player in our league and we really needed to restock some of the picks we spent last year to go for it,” he says.

Rychel says there was plenty of interest in both Vilardi and Day as well.

“The Eastern Conference is wide open and a few teams, like Kingston, are going for it. What these two guys bring to the table is rare: high-end skill and the experience that comes with winning,” says Rychel.

Vilardi, who was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of last year’s NHL Entry Draft, will be playing for his hometown Frontenacs.

Morgan is a Richmond Hill native that played in the Toronto Junior Canadiens AAA program before being chosen #12 overall by the Frontenacs back in April. He will arrive in Windsor on Tuesday and will make the Eastern Ontario trip this week that includes a return to Kingston, along with stops in Peterborough and Ottawa.