Oshawa Generals coach believes team is now set up for a deep playoff run

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Published January 11, 2022 at 12:32 pm

The Ontario Hockey League trade deadline has now passed, and Head Coach Todd Miller believes the club’s recent deals have the team poised to make a serious run at a championship this spring.

“With the addition of Butler and Olausson, our top three lines can compete with anyone,” he said. “I strongly believe this team is set up for success this season and beyond.”

Recent trades have added Niagara Ice Dogs captain Cameron Butler and Oskar Olaussen, a first-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche, from the Barrie Colts to the fold. With the addition of big winger Stuart Rolofs, acquired from London last month, Miller believes the Generals have the size and scoring for a deep run this year.

The deals also meant Oshawa could afford to trade Daniel Michaud at the deadline, with the left winger going to Niagara for a couple of draft picks. Michaud had seven points as a rookie in 2019-20 and 11 points in 27 games this year but saw reduced ice times with General Manager Roger Hunt’s latest moves.

Third place Oshawa takes on the second place Hamilton Bulldogs Friday at the Tribute Communities Centre in their next game action. Hamilton made perhaps the biggest splash at the deadline when they picked up Mason McTavish, who has nine NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks under his belt, from the Peterborough Petes for a boatload of draft picks.

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