The OHL trade deadline closed at 12pm Eastern today and within the days leading up to the deadline there were several Dallas Stars prospects on the move.
It had been speculated for a long time that Radek Faksa, the Dallas Stars first round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, would be on the move before the deadline. He probably didn't think it would happen on his birthday.
Radek Faksa was sent from the Kitchener Rangers to the Sudbury Wolves, second in the Eastern Conference of the OHL, in return for two second round picks in the OHL draft, 2014 and 2016, and Dominik Kubalik (A LA Kings 7th round draft pick in 2013).
Rangers have traded C Radek Faksa to Sudbury in exchange for LW Dominik Kubalik and two 2nd rd picks (2014/2016). Full release to follow.— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) January 9, 2014
Radek Faksa was a difficult one to trade for the Kitchener Rangers because he was an import player, and each team could only have two, and because he held an OHL no trade clause. The Kitchener Rangers have not done very well this year and he was the last of three key assets that were assumed would be traded.
While it remains to be seen whether Radek Faksa will rediscover the offence touch that has eluded him since his draft year its possible that new scenery will help him. With Faksa highly likely to go to the AHL at the end of the season this is a short term thing for Faksa and the Wolves.
The other Dallas Star on the move within the OHL was Gemel Smith. It had been speculated that the Oshawa Generals were going to make a move to acquire the high scoring forward from Owen Sound Attack. Instead he was traded to the London Knights.
He was traded, along with a conditional 5th round pick in 2017, for Kyle Platzer and Santino Centorame. The London Knights are the hosts of this year's Memorial Cup tournament meaning that at least one Dallas Star prospect will be at that tournament.
Gemel Smith had started to really produce offensively for Owen Sound this season making him a perfect target for an OHL team which wanted to compete in the playoffs and the Memorial Cup.
During Gemel Smith's first training session with the London Knights he was shifted from his normal centre to the left wing. He was playing alongside Bo Horvat and Josh Anderson. It will be interesting to see how he fits in with one of the strongest teams in the OHL, even if they are fourth in the Western Conference.
Mike Winther was traded a few weeks earlier in the WHL from the Prince Albert Raiders to the Calgary Hitmen. He has yet to play a game due to an injury.
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