OHL News:John Tavares traded to the London Knights
It was talked about for months. The rumor mill worked overtime in the final days leading up to the OHL trade deadline, but it finally happened. The Oshawa Generals traded John Tavares to the London Knights.
Tavares currently stands as the favorite to be the first player selected in the 2009 NHL entry draft. This trade will give John even more exposure than he already has it is expected that with this deal London has greatly enhanced their chances to make it to at least the Western Conference Final if not to the league final and eventually the Memorial Cup in Rimouski, Quebec in May.
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In hockey circles the trade rumors have been floating around for months now, but on the day of the World Junior Hockey Championship game reports of the eventual trade were flying around fast and furiously.
Finally one day before the January 9 OHL trade deadline it was officially announced that Tavares along with teammate Michael Del Zotto and Daryl Borden were dealt to the London Knights in exchange for Christian Thomas the son of former NHLer Steve Thomas, Scott Valentine, Michael Zador and six draft picks. Del Zotto who wasn’t mentioned in early rumors was the first round pick of the New York Rangers in the 2008 entry draft.
The Windsor Spitfires who are currently the #1 team in the OHL were also rumored to be in the “Tavares Hunt” along with the Belleville Bulls and the Brampton Battalion. London and Windsor are the top two teams in the OHL Western Conference. The gap that appeared to exist between the two teams talent wise just got smaller.
The other thing that is for sure is that the fans in London will be well entertained for the next few months as they had toward a showdown with the Spitfires and possibly a berth in the Memorial Cup.
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