On the eve of the start of the regular season, the Oshawa Generals swung a deal with the Kitchener Rangers. Heading to Oshawa is 18-year old centre Josh Sterk, while Kitchener gets a fourth round pick (conditional) in 2014 and Windsor's sixth round pick in 2015.
Sterk, who spent six of the Rangers' 10 playoff games last year in the press box, claims to be 100% after a season which saw him sidelined with a pair of concussions. He has bulked up considerably over the summer, working out alongside former Generals superstar John Tavares in Mississauga. He reported to camp after adding 15 pounds of muscle, and the results seemed to pay off, as he was one of Kitchener's leading scorers during the pre-season.
He now joins a Generals club in need of depth and leadership, as they will likely move forward without their top five scorers from a season ago. Boone Jenner and Tyler Biggs have moved on into pro careers, along with Scott Sabourin and Matt Petgrave, who were overagers last year. Scott Laughton is still away at the Philadelphia Flyers camp, and there is a strong possibility of him remaining in the NHL, at least for an extended look. As such, there will be opportunity for a player like Josh Sterk to step in and fill some big minutes in Oshawa.
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