Spitfires trade Stanley to Kitchener
The Windsor Spitfires have traded Logan Stanley to the Kitchener Rangers.
Published Tuesday, August 8, 2017 5:23PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 8, 2017 5:56PM EDT
The Windsor Spitfires have traded a big piece of their Memorial Cup Championship team.
General Manager Warren Rychel has sent 6-foot-7, 225 pound defenceman to the Kitchener Rangers.
In return, the Spitfires will receive five draft picks, all Kitchener's: a 2nd round pick in 2023, a 2nd round pick in 2024, a 3rd round pick in 2023, a 4th round pick in 2020 and a 15th round pick in 2018. The Spitfires will receive all five draft picks once Stanley plays his first regular season game with the Rangers.
The 19-year-old Stanley played in 158 regular season and five playoff games over three years in Windsor, after the Club made him the 12th overall pick in the 2014 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection. The Winnipeg Jets made Stanley their first-round pick (#18) at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo.
Stanley, who served as an alternate captain during the 2016-17 season, suffered a serious knee injury in January, but returned ahead of schedule to play a significant role in May's Memorial Cup championship.
"Logan worked hard to come back and he was a big factor in us winning the tournament," Rychel said. "He was a big part of our leadership group and we'll miss him on and off the ice."
Stanley will be playing closer to home, since he is originally from Waterloo.
"If he's not playing professional hockey this season, giving him a chance to finish up his four-year junior career with his hometown team is something he deserves," added Rychel.