MISSISSAUGA, ON -- In more trade deadline action, the Mississauga Steelheads announced Thursday morning that they have traded veteran defenceman Trevor Carrick, along with the rights to Bradley Bell and a 5th round pick in 2016, to the Sudbury Wolves in exchange for defenceman Stefan Leblanc, Sudbury's 2nd round pick in 2016, 2nd round pick in 2017, 2nd round pick in 2018 and a conditional 3rd round pick in 2015.
Carrick was drafted by Mississauga in the 5th round of the 2010 OHL Priority Selection and saw his first OHL action in the 2011-12 season. After a tremendous rookie season, the Stouffville, Ontario native was selected in the 4th round, 115th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Now well into his third OHL season, Carrick currently leads the Steelheads in scoring with 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) in 41 games played, placing him 6th amongst defenceman in league scoring. Steelheads General Manager and Head Coach, James Boyd, added "Trevor Carrick has been a valued competitor and teammate during his career in Mississauga. The Steelheads wish Trevor all the best."
Coming back in the deal to Mississauga is defenceman, Stefan Leblanc, who was originally drafted by Sudbury in the 7th round at the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. After spending a season with the Oakville Blades, the Oakville, Ontario native joined the Wolves this season and has been a key player for the Wolves defense. Leblanc has played 38 games with Sudbury this season, scoring 3 goals and adding 13 assists. Leblanc's polished all-around game will allow him to jump right into the Steelheads lineup. Steelheads General Manager and Head Coach added "Stefan is a quality young defenceman in our league that we are excited to add to our hockey club."
Both Carrick and Leblanc will suit up for their prospective teams as the Steelheads head north to take on the Wolves on Friday night in Sudbury.
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