(Windsor, ON) – General Manager Warren Rychel has reached a deal to send Logan Stanley to the Kitchener Rangers in exchange for draft picks.
The 19-year-old defenceman spent three years in Windsor, after the Club made him the #12 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.
In return, the Spitfires receive five conditional 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 picks once Stanley plays his first regular season game with the Rangers.
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. 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.”
Stanley played in 158 regular season and five playoff games over parts of three seasons, serving as an alternate captain last season.