When the Colorado Avalanche selected 20-year old Brandon Saigeon in the 5th round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, most believed he would jump to the AHL immediately to help fill out the new Colorado Eagles lineup. After a few more free agent signings than expected, the team decided it was better to save one of their 50 player contracts and leave Saigeon in the OHL for the season.
In a rebuilding year for the Hamilton Bulldogs, Saigeon has served as an alternate captain while putting up 61 points through 40 games - enough to put him fifth in the league’s scoring race.
Now with the OHL’s trade deadline arriving later this week, it looks as though Saigeon is on the move to the Oshawa Generals.
Oshawa currently sits third in the Eastern Conference. The move will give Saigeon one more chance to play in the playoffs before his junior career comes to an end this spring.
TRADE— Generals Live (@GeneralsUpdates) January 8, 2019
-LDN 2nd in ‘19
-OSH 2nd in ‘22
-OSH 3rd in ‘24
Earlier in the day the Generals traded Vancouver Canucks prospect Matt Brassard, along with Boston Bruins second rounder Jack Studnicka to the Niagara IceDogs which created an open over-age spot on the roster needed for the Saigeon acquisition.
The addition of Saigeon gives the Generals a veteran scorer that can fill the void created by trading away their captain Studnicka. Oshawa has done an interesting job this week of selling for the the future while maintaining a team that can easily win a round or two in the OHL playoffs this season.
When his season comes to an end, there is a good chance we’ll see Saigeon up with the Eagles on an amateur try out while the Avs decide whether or not to sign him this summer.