General Manager Michael Oke announced today that the team has acquired Vancouver Canucks prospect Connor Lockhart from the Erie Otters in exchange for Sam Alfano, Hamilton’s third round pick in the 2025 OHL Priority Selection, and Peterborough’s second round pick in 2026.
Lockhart, a 2003-born centre from Kanata, Ontario, was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 6th round, 178th overall in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. He has played two seasons with the Erie Otters, scoring 32 goals and 43 assists in 121 games. In 2021-22, he scored 48 points in 64 games.
The 5’9”, 160lbs forward was Erie’s first round, third overall pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. He served as Alternate Captain for Team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games in 2018-19, and also represented Canada in the World U-17 Hockey Challenge (Team Red, 2019-20).
“Connor was a player we were very high on during his OHL draft year, and we have been following his progress closely since then,” commented Oke. “We look forward to the opportunity to have Connor contribute on the ice, in the locker room, and in the community here in Peterborough, as he brings a strong veteran presence to the Petes.”
Alfano, a 2004-born right wing, was selected in the second round, 23rd overall by the Petes in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection. The 6’3”, 205 lbs Cayuga, ON native recorded 13 goals, 12 assists and 25 points in 65 games with the Petes in the 2021-22 season. Alfano was an Ambassador for the Hockey Gives Blood program during his time with the Petes.
“In order to get a good player you need to give up a good player, and although losing someone like Sam is never ideal, we think this move benefits everyone involved,” continued Oke. “We thank Sam for his work in all areas of our community and our organization; from his on-ice contributions to his work with organizations like Hockey Gives Blood, Sam is both a strong athlete and a strong human being. We wish him all the best next year and beyond.”
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