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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tough Decisions for Attack

Owen Sound | by Fred Wallace  

By acquiring overage defenceman, GM creates competition but has to trade players.


The acquisition of defender Nathan Chiarlitti from the Sarnia Sting on Wednesday gives the Owen Sound Attack a surplus in a couple of positions.

Chiarlitti is both a defender and an overage player which creates a log jam in a couple of positions for General Manager Dale DeGray.

On the blueline, Chiarlitti joins fellow overage Keevin Cutting -- plus five other defenders with OHL experience. Furthermore, first round selection Jacob Middleton has already been signed which swells the numbers on the blueline to eight.

From an overage standpoint, each club can have three players born in 1992 suit up for any OHL game.

The addition of Chiarlitti gives the Attack four overage players meaning a transaction pertaining to an overager with the Owen Sound club will be forthcoming sooner or later.

Attack General Manager Dale DeGray relates when he spoke to Chiarlitti, the newest member of the Attack was well aware of the numbers situation, but was assured by DeGray there would be ample ice time and opportunity in Owen Sound.

DeGray relates he doesn't have any other deals cooking, but DeGray did say he will call other teams and see who might be in the trade market.

The Attack play their first OHL exhibition game on Sunday afternoon when they host Barrie at the JD McArthur Arena.



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