By Alex Quevillion
The Central Division leading Ottawa 67’s have shored up their defensive corps by acquiring overage defenceman Daniel Broussard from the Sarnia Sting.
Broussard, one of only two OHL players from North Carolina, had previously amassed 31 points and 147 penalty minutes in 182 OHL games, all of which were played with the Sting.
Sarnia General Manager Jacques Beaulieu had a very active day. After acquiring a third round pick in 2012 from Ottawa, he sent his own third round pick and a second rounder in 2013 to the last place Erie Otters for overaged center Brett Thompson.
Broussard joins a very crowded defensive depth chart. Michal Cajkovsky, Sean Callaghan, Jake Cardwell, Cody Ceci, Taylor Fielding, Ryan Shipley, Mike Vlajkov and Captain Marc Anthony Zanetti already patrol the blueline for the barberpoles. The newly acquired Broussard will likely get a lot of ice time early on with Zanetti nursing a broken foot.
The 67’s are also at their overage limit with Zanetti, Broussard and forward Ben Dubois.
Ottawa’s backup netminder Shayne Campbell is also a former member of the Sting. He was acquired by the 67’s last September for an eighth round pick. Campbell and Broussard both debuted as Sarnia rookies in 2008-09.
Ottawa’s next game is on Wednesday against the Bulls.. There is no word yet as to whether Broussard will make his 67’s debut in Belleville or not.