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Date: Jul 19, 2019
The Panthers began their off-season moves earlier this week, after what Head Coach and General Manager Dave Demarinis put as " The Biggest trade I've ever been a part of." The Panthers acquired four 20-year-olds. Defensemen, Patrick Demaio, Forwards Carson Gallagher, Shane Bull, and Noah Bull. In exchange for Panthers 2018-19 leading scorer Ethan Doyle, Daniel Ebrahim, Riley Girard, and Defenseman Nathan Porter.
The Panthers also went on to add Midget Free agent defencemen Connor Olson. Olson comes from the Alliance Midget AAA champions, the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs. Olson was also drafted this year U18 OHL Priority Selection (3rd Overall, Erie Otters)."Connor was one of the most touted midget players in the province, he is a Top 3 pick in the U18 OHL Draft. A 6'3 defenseman that can skate, plays with his head up and defends very well. We look forward to having Connor in our program" adds Demarinis.
The Panthers second free-agent signing is another top end player and draft pick of the Oshawa Generals (OHL U18 35th Overall), Forward Adam Grein from the Kitchener Rangers Midget AAA Program."Adam has a High-end motor, he works extremely hard, he plays a 200-foot game, and has the ability to create offence out of nothing, Adam fits in very well with the system that we play." noted Demarinis
Lastly, the Panthers have added goaltender Darius Bell from the historic program Shattuck St. Mary's Midget Prep ."Darius shows great athleticism, an elite butterfly slide, he plays the puck very well and has the ability to make the big save at the key time. " quotes Demarinis.
Demarinis concluded by saying, " We are ecstatic about the additions. With the 4 high-end players we acquired in the trade to go along with a good veteran core and key midget free agent signings, we feel we're taking steps in the right direction. We understand good players want to play with a good players. We made tremendous progress this week but we’re not done yet.”