By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department
Just like in the NHL, there's a trade deadline in the Canadian Hockey League (the three major junior leagues) as well... and it's this weekend.
Three of the five Blues prospects who came back from Saskatoon with hardware have gotten new addresses in the last few days, along with one other Blues prospect from the draft class of 2008.
Gold medalist Philip McRae (33rd overall in '08) was traded from the London Knights (owned and operated by ex-Blue Mark Hunter) to the Plymouth (MI) Whalers in the Ontario League, and silver medal winner Alex Pietrangelo (4th overall in '08) was dealt to the OHL-leading Barrie Colts by the bottom-dwelling Niagara Ice Dogs.
The Whalers also traded with Sault Ste. Marie to acquire winger James Livingston, drafted 70th overall by the Blues in 2008.
Meanwhile, in the Quebec League, goaltender Jake Allen (34th overall in '08)was moved from Junior de Montreal to the Drummondville Voltigeurs hours before playing for Team Canada against Team USA in the championship game of the 210 U-20 World Juniors. Drummondville is one of the top clubs in the QMJHL, with a record of 30-12-0-2 in 44 games.
The text of the Allen trade announcement (www.juniordemontreal.com) follows (in English):
THE MONTREAL JUNIORS TRADE JAKE ALLEN
Montreal, January 6th, 2010 – The Montreal Juniors Hockey Club traded to the Drummondville Voltigeurs, 19 year-old goaltender Jake Allen (90-08-07), in return of a first round pick in 2010 and 2011.
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For more information on our team, visit www.montrealjuniors.com.
For more information: Sonya Lamoureux, Director of Communications - Montreal Juniors, (514) 670-2100 ext.233, FAX (514) 661-6003, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
LINK to Livingston trade announcement (plymouthwhalers.com).
LINK to McRae trade announcement (plymouthwhalers.com).
LINK to Pietrangelo trade announcement (barriecolts.com).
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