Leafs draft pick Blacker asks Spitfires for trade


Toronto Maple Leafs second-round pick Jesse Blacker is being shopped by the Windsor Spitfires, an Ontario Hockey League source has confirmed to Sportsnet.

Unhappy with his lack of ice time behind Ryan Ellis and Cam Fowler, Blacker left the Spitfires this week requesting a trade. The Spitfires are now accommodating his wishes and are said to have four offers on the table.

The source confirmed two of the deals would include a veteran defenceman and draft picks for Blacker, while two more tabled offers would include a veteran goaltender and picks.

The front-runner is believed to be West Division rival Saginaw. In the deal, the Spitfires would acquire 19-year-old goaltender Edward Pasquale and draft picks.

The Spitfires are one of only two teams without a game on Friday, thus making a deal unlikely until after Friday’s games. Saginaw plays against the Greyhounds in Sault Ste. Marie Friday while the Spitfires are back on the ice Saturday in Plymouth.

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