(Windsor, ON) – Defenceman Nathan Staios has been traded to the Hamilton Bulldogs, general manager Bill Bowler has announced.
In exchange, the Spitfires will receive up to five draft picks: London’s 2nd in 2020, Barrie’s 2nd in 2021 and Oshawa’s 2nd in 2022, along with a pair of conditional picks (Hamilton’s 3rd in 2023 and 5th in 2024).
Staios, 18, was originally the 17th overall pick in the 2017 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection. In two full seasons, Staios played in 118 regular season games, posting 12 goals and 29 assists, along with 94 penalty minutes and a minus-25 rating.
The Oakville, Ontario native added a pair of assists in seven career playoff games.
“It’s difficult to trade Nathan because I believe he will ultimately sign a National Hockey League contract one day,” Bowler said. “Having said that, we feel like the return was fair and it made sense to make the move. Nathan is a great young man and we wish him all the best.”