Detroit Red Wings prospect Jake Paterson, who wasn't even supposed to be in junior hockey this season, landed where no expected him to be with the Kitchener Rangers.
The strongest speculation had the two-time Team Canada goalie, whom the Wings returned to the Saginaw Spirit this season, ending up with a OHL championship contender such as the Erie Otters. Instead, minutes before Thursday's 12 noon ET deadline to trade 20-year-olds, the Kitchener Rangers, who are in a near dead heat with Saginaw for seventh and eighth in the Western Conference, scooped up Paterson for two relatively high OHL priority selection picks.
Given the circumstances of each franchise, it's not that strange an outcome.
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