The London Knights and Sudbury Wolves have made a trade involving two players and two draft picks.
The Knights have sent overager C.J. Yakimowicz to the Wolves in exchange for Brady Pataki, a 3rd round pick in 2018 and a 6th round pick in 2017.
Yakiomowicz was part of the Knights’ Memorial Cup winning team last spring and joined London as a free agent in 2013.
London Knights’ General Manager had nothing but positive things to say about the Kingston, PA native.
“C.J. was a key member of last season’s Memorial Cup Championship team and will continue to be a strong contributor for his new club and in his new role with the Sudbury Wolves. His veteran leadership in the room and on the ice will be missed. He will have a great opportunity to finish his OHL career in Sudbury with the Wolves.”
Yakimowicz grew up a Pittsburgh Penguins fan and attended training camp with the Pens this fall, playing in the Budweiser Gardens Rookie Tournament.
Pataki has played two seasons in Sudbury and is from Wallaceburg and played his minor hockey for Chatham-Kent. Pataki is 6’2 and 22o pounds and was a fourth round pick of the Wolves in 2014.
The deal means that London is now down to the maximum of three overage players in Owen MacDonald, Chris Martenet and J.J. Piccinich.
All three attended NHL camps. MacDonald was a part of the St. Louis Blues at the Traverse City Rookie tournament. He is in his fourth full season with the Knights. Piccinich was a 4th round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014. Martenet was a 4th round pick of the Dallas Stars. He signed his first professional contract with Dallas in May, just days before the Knights left for the Memorial Cup tournament in Red Deer.
The Knights and Wolves have been trading partners in the past. One of their most notable deals went down in 2001 when Chris Kelly and Dan Jancevski were traded to Sudbury in exchange for Dennis Wideman.
London has a record of 2-1-0-1 on the year and sits one point out of first place in a tightly clogged OHL Western Conference.
The Knights will host the Peterborough Petes on Friday night at Budweiser Gardens. The puck drops at 7:30. AM 980’s coverage will begin at 6:30.