The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds have acquired forward Taylor Raddysh and defenceman Jordan Sambrook from the Erie Otters in exchange for centre Hayden Fowler and nine draft picks.
“We’re very excited to be able to add both Taylor and Jordan,” said Greyhounds general manager Kyle Raftis in a press release. “Both are elite players in this league that come with championship pedigrees that should be great fits to compliment our existing group.”
Both Raddysh, a 2016 second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Lighting, and Sambrook, a 2016 fifth-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings, were members of the Otters last season when they won the J. Ross Robertson Cup after beating the Mississauga Steelheads in the OHL Championship Series.
“This has been an exciting year in the [Sault] to date, and we feel having the opportunity to bring both of these players to our program will not only bring talent and depth to our roster, but will be beneficial to the organization both on and off the ice,” said Raftis.
Along with Fowler, a 16-year-old, the Otters received the following picks: 6th Round 2018 (SSM), 3rd Round 2018 (SSM), 2nd Round 2019 (FLNT), 2nd Round 2020 (GUE), 2nd Round 2021 (SSM), 6th Round 2021 (SSM), 2nd Round 2022 (SSM), 2nd Round 2023 (LDN) and 3rd Round 2023 (SSM).
On the season, Raddysh has 15 goals and 29 assists while Sambrook has seven goals, 17 assists and a plus-16 rating.
The Greyhounds currently sit atop the standings in the OHL with a 33-3-2-1 record, 15 points ahead of the second-place Hamilton Bulldogs. The Otters (12-20-6-1) sit in third-last with just 31 points.