Oshawa Generals make second big deal for scoring in a month after acquiring Niagara captain

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Published January 4, 2022 at 9:27 am

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The rest of the Ontario Hockey League Season may still be up in the air, but the Oshawa Generals have declared they plan to be all in at the finish after engineering a major trade with the Niagara Ice Dogs, the club’s second big deal to acquire scoring in a month.

The Generals have acquired winger Cameron Butler, the Ice Dogs’ captain, in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2025 and an 11th round pick in 2024.

Butler is in the middle of his best OHL season, with six goals and 16 assists in 24 games and was second on the Niagara scoring charts.

“Cam is someone we’ve seen in the conference a whole lot,” General Manager Roger Hunt said about the trade. “We are thrilled to have someone like him on our side.”

Oshawa acquired big winger Stuart Rolofs from the London Knights in early December for a 3rd and 6th round picks and Rolofs is already paying dividends with nine points in five games.

Butler, who was the Peterborough Petes 2nd round pick in 2018, played his first 103 games there before becoming a member of the IceDogs halfway through the 2019-20 season.

In 154 career OHL games, Butler has 42 goals and 38 assists. Currently scoring just at just shy of a point per game pace, he’ll be looked upon as a significant piece of the 13-10 Generals roster as they gear up for the second half of the OHL season.

The Ice Dogs, meanwhile, are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference at 7-16 and appear set for a rebuild.

It’s expected Butler will make his Oshawa debut when the Generals visit his former team, as they are scheduled to be in Niagara to face the IceDogs on Thursday night.

The game, if it goes ahead, will likely be without fans in attendance as new pandemic restrictions kick in.

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