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Ontario Junior A Lacrosse – Trade Deadline Preview

Date:  Source: Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League

With the Trade Deadline 11 days away, one can only assume that there are more than a few teams with their eye on the biggest prize in Junior Lacrosse. To put the parody of the league into perspective, the reigning Canadian Champions, and pre-season favorites to do it again, are currently occupying the final playoff spot in Ontario Junior A. While the expectation is that they will climb in the second half, what an awful prize that would be for the team that finishes first overall to book a date with the Arrows in round 1. Unfortunately for those believing that they’re in the hunt, a lot of teams wanting to buy, means less sellers. GM’s across the province will have to get aggressive to land a piece to their championship puzzles, and that means we could have some fireworks leading up to June 23rd at midnight. Here are Ontario’s most likely names to be moved at the deadline.

 

Brendan Welsh – Barrie Lakeshores

Big, strong and lethal with the ball, Brendan Welsh is a consistent performer in the offensive end of the floor that has seen his numbers improve every year since entering the league. The six foot two native of Owen Sound, Ontario would be a welcome addition for a team needing a righty, he can flat out fill the net. The Lakeshores rebuild has looked right on track this season as the kids are working hard, and Welsh continues to lead the way. This is a piece that will move, and one that will bring in a ton of attention, and production to whoever gets him.

 

Ethan Walker – Peterborough Lakers

Up until the other night vs Orangeville, the Peterborough native hadn’t suited up for a Junior A Lacrosse game since 2016. When we last saw him he was scoring at a 3pts per game pace and looking like that number would only continue to improve. Missing the entire 2017 with a fractured vertebrae in his lower back, Walker has finally resumed his Laker career. With the deadline a week away, and the lakers not in the mix, Walker will be a popular name among the teams in search of more scoring. Peterborough would be wise to ship him off as a means towards a rebuild. The Lefty will fetch quite a return, and be a big piece for any team trying to make a run in 2018.

 

Tanner Poole – Barrie Lakeshores

Speed, Speed and more speed. Tanner Poole is a long, lean defender that offers high breakaway potential in transition. I don’t know if I mentioned he was fast. 5 foot 11, the lefty will no doubt be moved from his hometown team for an opportunity elsewhere. A 5 year Junior A player, trained by the likes of Brian Beisel and Lindsay Sanderson, Tanner Poole is the perfect option for a team looking for a reliable D/T moving into July and beyond.

 

Spencer Pyke – Kitchener-Waterloo Braves

Standing at 5 foot 10, 180 lbs. Spencer Pyke is likely to be made available should the Braves continue to hold their current position over the next 11 days. The lefty is scoring at an impressive 2.4 pts. per game and is a presence on the offensive side of the ball. Veteran goals are generally what separates championship contenders from pretenders, and as a result, you can never have too many offensive veterans in July. There is no guarantee the Braves move him, but there will be calls, and his jersey colour in 12 days will depend solely on the Braves performance this week (5 games), and the quality of the offers presented.

 

John Mika – Barrie Lakeshores

Big, mean and reliable on the back end, the Cookstown, ON native and homegrown product of Barrie Minor lacrosse could be a reliable anchor on the crease for teams in need of defensive depth. A 5 year Junior A player, the lefty can defend 1 on 1, protect the paint and is not afraid to drop the mitts where necessary. Mika also offers above average awareness and vision in transition. A valuable depth piece that could play for any of the teams in contention.