(Windsor, ON) – General Manager Warren Rychel has acquired Graham Knott and the rights to Trent Frederic from the Niagara IceDogs.
The Spitfires also get Niagara’s 7th round pick in 2017, while sending a package of five picks the other way: Kingston’s 3rd in 2017, Windsor’s 6th in 2017, Windsor’s 4th in 2018, Barrie’s 3rd in 2019 and Oshawa’s 2nd in 2021.
“Graham has size and skill and will be a great fit in our top-six forward group,” Rychel said. “He can play both center and left wing for us and will help what is already two pretty good power play units.”
Knott, 19, was a 2nd round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks (#54 overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, while Frederic, 18, was a 1st round pick of the Boston Bruins (#29 overall) last summer in Buffalo.
In 205 career games with Niagara, Knott, a 6’4, 195-pound left winger, posted 49 goals along with 75 assists.
“It’s every OHL player’s dream to win a Memorial Cup,” Knott said. “This is a great opportunity for me to come in and help make that happen for this team.”
A product of the US National Program, Frederic, 18, is a 6’2, 203-pound center currently in his first season at the University of Wisconsin, where he’s scored four goals to go along with six assists in his first eight games as a Badger.
Knott is expected to be in the Spitfire lineup Saturday afternoon in Flint.