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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Attack Swap Forwards with North Bay

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Brett McKenzie in, Matthew Struthers plus draft picks headed to Battalion

(Courtesy: OHL Images) 

The Owen Sound Attack have made a splash in the trade market.

The Attack have acquired 20-year-old forward Brett McKenzie from the North Bay Battalion in exchange for 18-year-old forward Matthew Struthers, a 2nd round pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection and a 14th round pick in 2018.

"McKenzie is a very experienced, rock-solid centreman and he's got lots of playoff experience," says Attack general manager Dale DeGray. "That's really what we're looking at, having a guy to come in and take over probably a No. 2 centreman spot ... He's very accountable so he'll probably play both power play and penalty kill."

A 6-foot-2, 192-pound centreman, McKenzie has nine goals and 14 assists with a -12 rating in 31 games with North Bay this season. The Vars, Ont. native has spent his entire OHL career with the Battalion, posting 88 goals and 110 assists over four-plus seasons.

McKenzie was drafted in the seventh round, 194th overall in the 2016 NHL entry draft by the Colorado Avalanche.

A third-round draft pick of the Attack in 2015, Struthers departs Owen Sound with nine goals and nine assists in 31 games this season. Also listed at 6-foot-2, and 192-pounds, the Milton, Ont., native had 50 points (24G, 26A) in 145 games over parts of three seasons with the Attack.

"Matty is incredibly well-liked by his teammates. He's a great kid, but I think looking forward the best thing for him is to have a move," DeGray says. "Being his draft year he'll get an opportunity to probably play in more situations, which is only going to benefit him."

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