Two or three players to be moved tomorrow to make room
With the Jan.10 trade deadline looming, the Hamilton Red Wings have acquired defenceman Adam Burnett and forward Riley Dunda from the Burlington Cougars in a cash deal.
“They’re going to help us for the stretch run,” said Red Wings head coach John McDonald, whose troops are six points behind the Toronto Junior Canadiens for the final playoff spot in the OJHL South-West Conference with two games in hand. “Both are big, physical players and both can score points.”
Burnett is a 17-year-old, six-foot-three 200 pound rearguard from Dundas, who played his minor hockey in the Hamilton Junior Bulldogs system and was picked in the sixth round of the 2012 Ontario Hockey League draft by Peterborough before joining the Cougars last season.
He has two goals, 11 assists and 45 penalty minutes in 34 games with Burlington.
Dunda is an 18-year-old Grimsby resident who played minor hockey in the GTHL and spent last season with Burlington, the Georgetown Raiders and the St. Catharines Junior B Falcons.
The six-foot, 180 pound forward has nine goals and eight assists in 34 games with the Cougars.
McDonald said he was seeking local young players that the Red Wings can expect to have in their line-up for another season or two rather than an older “rent-a-player” who would only be on the roster for the remainder of this campaign.
Burnett and Dunda will square off against their former teammates on Monday when the Red Wings host the Cougars at 7:30 p.m.
To make room on the 23 player roster for the new faces, McDonald said he expects to move two or three players by tomorrow night
With 15 games to go in the regular season, McDonald remains optimistic the Red Wings will still be playing after mid February.
“I think if we show up and play the way we can play, we can grab that last playoff spot,” he said.
Red Wings captain and defenceman Jason O’Connor returned to action in the Red Wings’ 6-3 win over Orangeville on Monday night following a broken leg in October. Forward Cole Poliziani is nursing a hip injury and may return to action against Toronto Lakeshore on Saturday.
The Red Wings game in Buffalo on Tuesday was cancelled due to bad weather.