There might be some popular notion about a goalie being gutted psychologically by being part of a Team Canada letdown at the world junior championship. It doesn't jibe with the reality, though. At least that is part of why the Belleville Bulls, now that Malcolm Subban has returned, made one of the bigger splashes before the OHL trade deadline.
The way the final minutes ticked down toward Thursday's deadline vis-à-vis the division leaders in the junior varsity league Eastern Conference was rather curious. The Barrie Colts, who have led the pack but are losing ace centre Mark Scheifele to the Winnipeg Jets training camp, probably did not do enough to sate a fanbase that wants a championship. The Bulls, already reaping an early harvest by adding Minnesota Wild pick Tyler Graovac, also added another dangerous 19-year-old forward. Much should be made of how coach-GM George Burnett sent three second-round choices within his division to the Peterborough Petes in order to bring Detroit Red Wings-drafted centre Alan Quine (who was born in Belleville) to the Bulls.
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Alan Quine to Belleville is official. In return the Petes will get 2nd round picks in 2015, 2016 and 2018. #OHL
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