The first trade of the CHL season is in the books as the Peterborough Petes trade overage defenceman Brandon Devlin to the Mississauga Steelheads. The Petes will receive the Steelheads’ 5th round pick in 2016 and 3rd round pick in 2017 OHL draft.
The 20 year-old defenceman from Brampton Ontario was entering his third season on the Petes blue line after playing four seasons split between the Barrie Colts and Windsor Spitfires. Brandon Devlin was never drafted in the NHL and has spent the past 4 years making his bones in the OHL with three different teams.
His 5th OHL season will feature him on his fourth different team hoping to improve on last seasons break-out year. The offencive defenceman set career highs in assists, goals and points with the Petes last season recording 25 assists, 14 goals and 39 points.
"“Brandon is a local player who brings OHL experience and an offensive punch to our blue line.” Steelheads General Manager James Boyd"
The 6 foot 2, 204 pound defenceman has recorded 25 goals and 91 points in 247 career OHL games while racking up 285 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Colts in the 3rd round of the 2010 OHL draft.
The Petes had a tough decision on their hands relating to what over-age players they were going to keep for this upcoming season after Connor Boland returned.
Devlin will be joining a young steelheads blue line that features Sean Day who was granted exceptional status for last season and Stefan Leblanc who was acquired at last seasons trade deadline.
Brandon Devlin will suit up for the Mississauga Steelheads for their home opener against the Oshawa Generals.