67's Trade Ceci and Janes to Attack for Blandisi, Middleton
The Ottawa 67's have dealt the biggest piece in their trade repertoire, sending fan favourite, co-Captain and hometown native Cody Ceci to Owen Sound along with fellow 1993-born Steven Janes.
In return, Ottawa picks up '94-born Joseph Blandisi, a left-handed shot on the right wing where they need help, and '96-born Jake Middleton, who will join a struggling and already young defence core.
Ottawa's tradeable assets are now relatively thin. The team could be set to bring back Remy Giftopoulos, Ryan Van Stralen and Clint Windsor as overagers. Michal Cajkovsky could be traded to either Sarnia or Mississauga, but aside from that, Ottawa seems content to let the 2013 OHL draft be the next step of their rebuild.
Rumours now shift to the 67's other Captain, Sean Monahan. Teams high in the standings that may lose top centers to the NHL, such as Oshawa with Boone Jenner or Sarnia with Alex Galchenyuk, could be interested, but Chris Byrne won't deal the 2013 NHL draft eligible unless another team sells the farm to get his services.
Middleton had a hard time becoming a mainstay with Owen Sound's defence, while Blandisi wasn't putting up the numbers that the Attack expected after his rookie year. This deal was centered around Middleton, however, as Ottawa wanted a 2012 first round pick to be the starting point of an offer for Ceci.
If Sergey Kuptsov remains on Monahan's left wing, Blandisi could join on the right side to make for an interesting top unit. Then, Dante Salituro and Andrew Abou-Assaly could be re-united, or Giftopoulos can move to the wing to play alongside Ottawa's rookie center.
All this is to say that the 67's have options moving forward. Although they're in last place and 15 points out of a playoff spot, the Barberpoles find themselves in a good position moving forward. If they stay in last place, a young man by the name of Sean Day could make that future a whole lot brighter.