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Peterborough Petes General Manager Michael Oke announced today that winger Nick Ritchie and defenceman Connor Boland have been traded to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. In exchange, the Petes will receive defenceman Kyle Jenkins, Plymouth’s 2nd round pick in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, Sault Ste. Marie’s 3rd round pick in 2017, and the Greyounds’ 2nd round pick in both 2019 and 2020.
Jenkins, a 6’1”, 178lbs left-shooting defenceman from Brampton, Ontario, was selected by the Greyhounds in the fourth round, 68th overall in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. The Carolina Hurricanes prospect (187th overall, 2014) has played 38 games with Sault Ste. Marie this season, amassing 5 goals, 19 assists, 24 points and 26 penalty minutes along with a plus/minus rating of +17.
“Kyle Jenkins is an extremely mobile two-way defender that will give us both immediate and long-term stability on the blue line,” noted Oke. “His experience and skill will be vital as we continue to compete while developing our young core of defencemen.”
Boland was selected in the second round, 28th overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection. The overage defender from Whitby, Ontario is in his fifth season with the Petes, having recorded 7 goals, 26 assists, 33 points and 203 penalty minutes along with a plus/minus rating of -42 in 220 OHL games played. The 6’3”, 194lbs defender has served as Peterborough’s captain since the beginning of the 2012/13 season.
Ritchie, who was chosen in the first round, 2nd overall by the Petes in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, has totalled 87 goals, 93 assists, 180 points and 315 penalty minutes in 190 games played with Peterborough to go along with a plus/minus rating of -38. The Anaheim Ducks prospect (10th overall, 2014) has achieved international success with Team Canada, winning Gold at the 2012 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka U18 tournament, the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships, and most recently at the 2015 IIHF World U20 Championships.
Mike Oke added that “the Peterborough Petes would like to thank both Nick and Connor for their contributions to both our organization and the Peterborough community. We wish them the best of luck as they continue their junior careers with the Greyhounds.”