The Saginaw Spirit announce today that
the team has acquired goaltender Darien Ekblad from the Plymouth
Whalers. In return, the Spirit send their West Division counterpart a 13th round pick in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. Ekblad was originally selected by London in the 9th
round of the 2010 draft, then was part of a package that saw goaltender
Jake Patterson move to the Knights from Plymouth. The Belle River, ON
native is a 1994 birth year, and is the brother of Aaron Ekblad of the
Barrie Colts, the OHL’s first overall pick in 2011.
This season with the Chatham Maroons
of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Ekblad has enjoyed a solid
campaign with 17 wins, and a goals against average of 2.93 in 24 games.
He was also named the league’s Western Conference Goaltender of the
Month for November.
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