Barrie Colts deal for experience on back end
Barrie Colts defenceman Kade Landry kicks the puck up to his stick after knocking down a London Knights player during OHL action at Budweiser Gardens in London in this file photo from last season. The Colts traded Landry to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday in exchange for overage defenceman T.J. Fergus. CLAUS ANDERSEN/GETTY IMAGES
The Barrie Colts added some veteran experience to their back end on Monday night by acquiring overage defenceman T.J. Fergus and a fourth-round pick in 2018 from the Hamilton Bulldogs in exchange for offensive defenceman Kade Landry.
Fergus, 20, who helped the Erie Otters win an OHL championship title last season, was acquired by the Bulldogs earlier this season.
The five-foot-11, 186-pound native of Oakville was an eighth-round selection (141st overall) of Erie in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. He had a goal and three assists in 16 games with Hamilton and provides a steady presence in his own end with the ability to contribute on the offensive side of things.
In Erie's run to a title last year, the fourth-year defender had three goals and 33 points, while boasting an impressive plus-54 rating in 68 games.
"We are very pleased to be adding a veteran presence on the back end," Colts general manager Jason Ford said of Fergus in a statement released by the team. "He brings experience and skill to solidify the defence and our power play moving forward."
In his second year with the Colts, Landry, 18, was off to solid start with three goals and 11 points in 17 games. The six-foot-one, 198-pound blue-liner, a solid puck mover and a part of Barrie's power play unit, was a seventh-round pick (123rd overall) of the Colts in 2015.
Fergus is slated to make his Colts debut on Thursday night when Barrie hosts the Sudbury Wolves at the Barrie Molson Centre.