Many were wondering what moves, if any, the Sarnia Sting would make as the OHL trade deadline draws near. The trade deadline was January 9 at noon with the overage deadline being on Jan. 10 at noon. Sarnia has already inserted defenceman Ashton Reeser into their line up and he was a great addition to their huge win over the Flint Firebirds but more defensive power has come along.
The Sting traded Braden Henderson to the North Bay Battalion, in return Sarnia gets the offensive – defenceman they desire in Cam Dineen. Dineen will not only shore up the blue line but has excellent skills on the power play, an area that Sarnia needs to get clicking if they hope to make that end of season push.
The Sting also looked at their forward line and scored a great acquisition, by securing a deal with the Peterborough Pete’s. Sarnia picked up Jonathan Ang. Ang is a fourth-round pick of the Florida Panthers and will add speed to the forward line, and experience, Ang was drafted by the Pete’s in 2014, was a member of Team Canada White at the 2014 Under-17 World Championships, and invited to try out for Team Canada at the World Jr’s.
In exchange for Ang, Sarnia will send Brady Hinz to Peterborough along with a 2020 second round draft pick and a 2022 third round draft pick.
Overall this looks good for the Sting, Both Ang and Dineen play Sarnia’s style and will be a good fit for the club. Sarnia needs to improve their powerplay and they will get that with Dineen and they need a speed and experience on their forward line, they get that with Ang, it’s a win-win.
Expect both to be in uniform on Friday night when the Sting are back home for the second half of there home at home series with the Windsor Spitfires for Steven Stamkos night at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena
The good news for the Sting did not stop there as coach Derian Hatcher picked up his 100th career win over the weekend. Hatcher and the Sting got wins on the road and that put the Sting coach over the 100 mark. The Sting now have a 27-12-2-0 record so far this season. The former Dallas Stars defenceman won the Stanley Cup in 1999 and now has his sights set on the 2018 Memorial Cup.