Well, Icedogs fans the team is no longer over the limit of overage players thanks to a trade today with the Peterborough Petes.
In a team release Thursday, (one hour after the latest episode of the Weekly Bite Podcast of course), Icedogs GM Joey Burke announced the team had traded Defenceman Jacob Paquette to the Peterborough Petes in exchange for 2020 third-rounder (Kingston), a 2021 second-rounder (London), a 2021 3rd rounder (Peterborough), and a 2021 fifth-round pick (Peterborough).
“This was an extremely difficult decision to make today. Jacob is an established star on the back end in this league, and I wish him nothing but the best in Peterborough,” said Burke who clearly understand the team needs to restock the assets after last years trades for Jason Robertson and Jack Studnika, in addition, to losing their 2021 first-round pick earlier this summer.
“The fact of the matter is we went all in last year,” Burke added. “This year, we are in a position where we need to recoup draft picks, specifically over the next two years, especially in 2021. This trade accomplishes that for us and then some, bringing us more than back on track to move forward.”
Paquette, a former 2017 seventh-round pick of the Nashville Predators, has spent his entire career with the Frontenacs and Icedogs. Paquette came over in last years trade to acquire Jason Robertson. Pacquette was recently invited to the Columbus Blue Jackets development camp and featured in their rookie camp. However, he was not listed on the full NHL training camp roster that was released today.
I would expect to see him featured for the Petes as soon as tomorrow night in Beamsville.