UPDATE: Spitfires busy with transactions Wednesday (PHOTOS)
The Windsor Spitfires have added depth to their goaltending.
The OHL club announced several moves on Wednesday. First, the Spitfires completed a trade with the London Knights for goalie Mathias (Matt) Onuska.
Later Wednesday afternoon, the team announced it had acquired defenceman Andrew Perrott from the Owen Sound Attack, then capped it off with a trade for forward Joshua Currie from the North Bay Battalion.
In the trade for Onuska, the Spitfires will send its 2022 sixth-round OHL draft pick to the Knights, along with their conditional 2024 fourth-round pick.
Onuska will join Xavier Medina and Kyle Downey between the pipes for Windsor.
“We have strengthened the goaltending position,” said Spitfires General Manager Bill Bowler. “We see potential with Matt and he is a welcome addition to our club.”
The 18-year-old Waterloo native was drafted by Kingston in the seventh round of the 2018 OHL draft. This season in London, Onuska had a 0-2 record with three games played, a 3.03 goals-against average, and a 91 per cent save percentage.
To acquire Perrott from the Attack, Windsor will send to Owen Sound its second-round pick from this year, via Ottawa; a third-round pick from 2023 via Hamilton; its third-round pick in 2025, and its sixth-round pick in 2026.
Bowler said the Spits went after Perrott because of his durability on the blue line.
“Perrott is a fierce competitor who will be relied upon heavily in all situations. We’re hoping this addition helps us win more games and in return, helps him get a pro contract,” said Bowler.
Perrott, 20, is a native of Columbia Station, Ohio. He played in 23 games with Owen Sound this season with 22 points, all but one an assist. He currently holds a plus-minus rating of plus-12.
The forward Currie comes to Windsor in a trade for Spitfires’ forward Kyle McDonald, and defenceman Grayson Ladd. The Spitfires will also get from North Bay its second-round draft pick from 2022, a third-round pick in 2023, and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2023.
“Currie is a versatile forward with grit and he can score and we are excited to add that to our club,” said Bowler.
In 28 games played so far this year for the Battalion, Currie scored nine goals for 17 points. He also has two power-play lamplighters and two short-handed goals. The 19-year-old hails from Pickering, Ontario.
The OHL carrying on with its schedule despite the COVID-19 pandemic suspending other junior play. However, the Spitfires’ game at Guelph Wednesday night has been postponed. The Knights host Flint on Friday night.